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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

This book presents a compelling ethnography of the changes Tajikistan faces at the turn of the twenty-first century as seen through the eyes of its youth. It discusses the ethnographic gaze on the tremendous cultural changes being played out in post-Soviet Tajikistan....

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 Iraqiv 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

This book is about the choices black French citizens make when they move from Martinique and Guadeloupe to Paris and discover that they are not fully French. It shows how ethnic activists in the Afro-Caribbean diaspora organize to demand what has never been available to them in France....

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

This book focuses on the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo of Kenya. It is about how Mukogodo people changed their way of life to a radically different one, that is their change as Maasai people, giving them a new way of living, a new language, and a new set of beliefs....

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 (cbon Namoluk) do not currently live there. some 60 percent of them have moved to chuuk, Guam, Hawai'i, or the mainland United states (...

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 book demonstrates that the beliefs about writing reflect extensive contact with birth certificates, baptism records, and other church and state documents. It reviews Ecuadorian history to identify the specific documentation sources that have most influenced beliefs in the witch's book....

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 book discusses the indigenous people of Tecpan Guatemala, a predominantly Kaqchikel Maya town in the Guatemalan highlands. It seeks to build on the traditional strengths of ethnography while rejecting overly romantic and isolationist tendencies in the genre....

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