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  • An Introduction to Hmong Cultureby Ya Po Cha

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 32.00

    Presenting a holistic perspective of the Hmong way of life, this book touches on a spectrum of the Hmong culture, including traditions, customs, values, religion, arts, politics and ceremonial rituals. The book features and explains certain Hmong words, phrases and proverbs in the Hmong Roman Popularized Alphabet and in phonetic English. Topics include... more...

  • The Harmless Peopleby Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    A study of primitive people which, for beauty and concept, would be hard to match." -- The New York Times Book Review In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life... more...

  • Margins of Faithby Rowena Robinson; Joseph Marianus Kujur

    SAGE India 2010; US$ 39.95

    This volume documents the ethnographies of regionally distinct Dalit and tribal Christian communities, raising new arguments pertaining to the autonomy and distinct identity of these communities, often in adverse social set-ups. Stressing upon the plurality of identities, the essays reject the idea of determining these exclusively on the basis of religion.... more...

  • Love in the Time of AIDSby Mark Hunter

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 21.99

    In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials,... more...

  • The Paleoanthropology and Archaeology of Big-Game Huntingby John D. Speth

    Springer New York 2010; US$ 58.25

    Since its inception, paleoanthropology has considered energy and vital nutrients to be the motivation behind big-game hunting. This volume, however, argues the goals of big-game hunting were actually social and political -- increasing hunter?s prestige and standing -- and that nutrition was an added bonus. more...

  • The Polynesian Family System in Ka-'U, Hawai'iby e. s. Craighill Handy; Mary Kawena Pukui

    Tuttle Publishing 1989; US$ 8.99

    This classic book on Hawaiian families and culture is an essential text for anyone interested in pre-American Hawaii. The Polynesian Family System in Ka-'U, Hawai'i is a collaboration of the distinguished scholars Dr. Mary Puku and Dr. E.S. Craighill Handy. It provides us with this fascinating review of traditional Hawaiian life. Manners and... more...

  • Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit Sharingby Rachel Wynberg; Doris Schroeder; Roger Chennells

    Springer Netherlands 2009; US$ 38.46

    This book offers an in-depth study of a benefit-sharing case that has captured great attention: the use of San knowledge to develop anti-obesity products, and places it in the global context of indigenous peoples? rights, consent and benefit-sharing. more...

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Beautifulby Barry Hallen

    Indiana University Press 2000; US$ 14.35

    The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture Barry Hallen Reveals everyday language as the key to understanding morals and ethics in Yoruba culture. "This contrasts with any suggestion that in Yoruba or, more generally, African society, moral thinking... more...

  • Place and Spirit in Taiwanby Alessandro Dell'Orto

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 48.95

    Based on field-work in Taiwan, this book examines the ancient, indigenous religious cult of Tudi Gong both as a religio-social phenomenon and as an appropriate medium for exploring and analysing the social changes that have been occurring in contemporary Taiwan, and the people's strategic adaptations to these changes. In this comprehensive ethnography... more...

  • African Voices, African Livesby Pat Caplan

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 49.95

    African Voices, African Lives explores the world of 'Mohammed', a swahili peasant living on Mafia Island, Tanzania. Through his own words - some written, some spoken - and those of his relatives, including his ex-wife and one of his daughters, he enables us to see the world through his eyes, including the invisisble world of spirits which plays a... more...