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Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific


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My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji

My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji

Jacqueline Ryle
December 20, 2017

Examining the multifaceted nature of Christianity in Fiji, My God, My Land reveals the deeply complex and often paradoxical dynamics and tensions between processes of change and continuity as they unfold in representations and practices of Christianity and tradition in people's everyday lives. The...

Caste, Occupation and Politics on the Ganges: Passages of Resistance

Caste, Occupation and Politics on the Ganges: Passages of Resistance

Assa Doron
December 18, 2017

This intriguing anthropological study investigates how the boatmen of Banaras have repositioned themselves within the traditional social organization and used their privileged position on the river to contest upper-caste and state domination. Assa Doron examines the evolution of the boatmen...

Collective Creativity: Art and Society in the South Pacific

Collective Creativity: Art and Society in the South Pacific

Katherine Giuffre
December 18, 2017

Collective Creativity offers an analysis of the explosion of artistic creativity currently taking place on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. By exploring the construction of this art-world through the ways in which creativity and innovation are linked to social structures and social networks,...

Domestic Mandala: Architecture of Lifeworlds in Nepal

Domestic Mandala: Architecture of Lifeworlds in Nepal

John Gray
December 18, 2017

A rich and fascinating ethnography of domestic architecture and activities among the high caste Chhetris of Kholagaun in Nepal, this book focuses on the spatial organization, everyday activities and ritual performances that generate and display Chhetri houses as 'mandalas', sacred diagrams that are...

Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia

Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia

Myrna Tonkinson, Victoria Burbank, Katie Glaskin
December 18, 2017

Drawing on ethnography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia focuses on the current ways in which indigenous people confront and manage various aspects of death. The contributors employ their...

Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery: The Quest for Power in Northern Queensland

Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery: The Quest for Power in Northern Queensland

David McKnight
December 18, 2017

This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between marriage, violence and sorcery in an Australian Aboriginal Community, drawing on David McKnight’s extensive research on Mornington Island. The case studies, which occurred both before and after a Presbyterian Mission was established on...

The Making of Global and Local Modernities in Melanesia: Humiliation, Transformation and the Nature of Cultural Change

The Making of Global and Local Modernities in Melanesia: Humiliation, Transformation and the Nature of Cultural Change

Holly Wardlow, Joel Robbins
December 18, 2017

Authored by well-established and respected scholars, this work examines the kinds of efforts that have been made to adopt Western modernity in Melanesia and explores the reasons for their varied outcomes. The contributors take the work of Professor Marshall Sahlins as a starting point, assessing...

Family, Gender and Kinship in Australia: The Social and Cultural Logic of Practice and Subjectivity

Family, Gender and Kinship in Australia: The Social and Cultural Logic of Practice and Subjectivity

Allon J. Uhlmann
March 31, 2017

This ethnographically-based exploration draws on sociological, historical and demographic data to provide a comprehensive analysis of family, gender and kinship in Australia, which informs modern kinship and gender at large. Allon Uhlmann charts the cultural basis that underlies kinship practices...

Aboriginal Art, Identity and Appropriation

Aboriginal Art, Identity and Appropriation

Elizabeth Burns Coleman
February 27, 2017

The belief held by Aboriginal people that their art is ultimately related to their identity, and to the continued existence of their culture, has made the protection of indigenous peoples' art a pressing matter in many postcolonial countries. The issue has prompted calls for stronger copyright...

Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia

Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia

Ildikó Bellér-Hann, M. Cristina Cesàro, Joanne Smith Finley
November 28, 2016

Drawing together distinguished international scholars, this volume offers a unique insight into the social and cultural hybridity of the Uyghurs. It bridges a gap in our understanding of this group, an officially recognized minority mainly inhabiting the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the...

Aboriginal Family and the State: The Conditions of History

Aboriginal Family and the State: The Conditions of History

Sally Babidge
November 16, 2016

Aboriginal Family and the State examines the contemporary relations and history of Indigenous families in Australia, specifically referencing issues of government control and recent official recognition of Aboriginal 'traditional owners'. Drawing on detailed empirical research, it develops a...

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

John Barker
November 15, 2016

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond examines how Melanesians experience and deal with moral dilemmas and challenges. Taking Kenelm Burridge’s seminal work as their starting point, the contributors focus upon public situations and types of people that exemplify key ethical...

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