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Muslim Youth: Tensions And Transitions In Tajikistan

Muslim Youth: Tensions And Transitions In Tajikistan

1st Edition

Colette Harris
January 24, 2006

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) have been exposed to new, Western influences that stress individualism at the expense Central Asian traditions of family and communalism. Young men in particular are...

Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture

Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture

1st Edition

Scott Simon
March 04, 2005

Tanners of Taiwan is an ethnography of identity construction set in the leather-tanning communities of Southern Taiwan. Through life history analysis and ethnographic observation, Simon examines what it means to be Chinese - or alternatively Taiwanese - in contemporary Taiwan. Under forty years of...

The Iraqw of Tanzania: Negotiating Rural Development

The Iraqw of Tanzania: Negotiating Rural Development

1st Edition

Katherine A. Snyder
February 25, 2005

In The Iraqw of Tanzania: Negotiating Rural Development, author Katherine Snyder focuses on how the Iraqw perceive, respond to, and affect development in Tanzania. Snyder explores how the ideology of development affects people's actions, from what crops to plant, to what to wear and do at their...

Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity And Activism In Urban France

Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity And Activism In Urban France

1st Edition

David Beriss
August 06, 2004

About 337,000 people of French Antillean Origin live in metropolitan France today. Unlike immigrants from North Africa, Turkey or sub-Saharan Africa, Antilleans are French citizens with deep roots in French history. Indeed, the Caribbean Islands they come from have been a part of France for over...

From Mukogodo to Maasai: Ethnicity and Cultural Change In Kenya

From Mukogodo to Maasai: Ethnicity and Cultural Change In Kenya

1st Edition

Lee Cronk
August 06, 2004

Can one change one's ethnicity? Can an entire ethnic group change its ethnicity? This book focuses on the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo of Kenya. Until the 1920s and 1930s, the Mukogodo were Cushitic-speaking foragers (hunters, gatherers, and beekeepers). However,...

Namoluk Beyond The Reef: The Transformation Of A Micronesian Community

Namoluk Beyond The Reef: The Transformation Of A Micronesian Community

1st Edition

Mac Marshall
March 12, 2004

This case study examines emigrants from Namoluk Atoll in the Eastern Caroline Islands of Micronesia, in the Western Pacific. Most members of the Namoluk community (chon Namoluk) do not currently live there - some 60% of them have moved to Chuuk, Guam, or the mainland US (such as Honolulu, Hawai'i...

The Lao: Gender, Power, and Livelihood

The Lao: Gender, Power, and Livelihood

1st Edition

Carol Ireson-Doolittle, Geraldine Moreno-Black
September 12, 2003

The Lao discusses culture and village life in Laos, exploring topics of kinship and family, gender relations, households, religion, livelihood strategies, and ethnicity. In particular, the effects of recent development projects on the relative power of men and women in rural Lao society, and the...

Magical Writing In Salasaca: Literacy And Power In Highland Ecuador

Magical Writing In Salasaca: Literacy And Power In Highland Ecuador

1st Edition

Peter Wogan
August 01, 2003

This engaging case study of Salasaca, a village in highland Ecuador, examines indigenous beliefs about writing, such as Day of the Dead name lists, comparisons with weaving, and a witch who kills people listed in his book of names. Magical Writing in Salasaca demonstrates that these beliefs reflect...

Daughters of Tunis: Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim City

Daughters of Tunis: Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim City

1st Edition

Paula Holmes-Eber
August 14, 2002

Daughters of Tunis is an innovative ethnography that carefully weaves the words and intimate, personal stories of four Tunisian women and their families with a statistical analysis of women's survival strategies in a rapidly urbanizing, industrializing Muslim nation. Delineating three distinct...

Fulbe Voices: Marriage, Islam, and Medicine In Northern Cameroon

Fulbe Voices: Marriage, Islam, and Medicine In Northern Cameroon

1st Edition

Helen A. Regis
August 14, 2002

Fulbe Voices is based on everyday conversations in the West African village of Domaayo, Cameroon, where men and women struggle with the multiple cultural contradictions and social tensions emerging from their varied perspectives as farmers and entrepreneurs, schoolboys and elders, married and free...

Tecpan Guatemala: A Modern Maya Town In Global And Local Context

Tecpan Guatemala: A Modern Maya Town In Global And Local Context

1st Edition

Edward F Fischer, Carol Hendrickson
August 13, 2002

This case study of a highland Guatemala town examines what it means to be Maya in a rapidly changing and globalized world. In providing an historical synopsis of the Kaqchikel Maya from pre-Columbian and Colonial times to the present day, this volume focuses on the dynamics of clutural boundaries...

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