An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia

Author: Paul Sillitoe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521588367
Release Date: 1998-10-08
Genre: Social Science

An introductory text to the peoples and cultures of Melanesia for undergraduate studies in general anthropology.

Cengage Advantage Books Humanity An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Author: James Peoples
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9780495508748
Release Date: 2008-03-03
Genre: Social Science

Using engaging stories and clear writing, ADVANTAGE BOOKS: HUMANITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Eighth Edition introduces cultural anthropology within a solid framework centered around globalization and culture change. Peoples and Bailey focus on the social and cultural consequences of globalization, emphasizing culture change and world problems. The book's engaging narrative provides new ways of looking at many of the challenges facing the world in this century. As you explore more contemporary issues, including recent debates on gay marriage, cultural and economic globalization, population growth, hunger, and the survival of indigenous cultures, you'll gain a better understanding of the cultural information you need to successfully navigate in today's global economy. The authors emphasize the diversity of humanity and reveal why an appreciation and tolerance of cultural differences is critical in the modern world. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Humanity An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Author: James Peoples
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337515801
Release Date: 2017-02-21
Genre: Social Science

HUMANITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Eleventh Edition, offers a solid framework centered on globalization and culture change. The text's engaging narrative provides new ways of looking at many of the challenges facing the world in this century, as students examine ethnic conflicts, globalization of culture and language, recent debates about gay marriage, increasing inequalities, population growth, hunger, and the survival of indigenous cultures. Throughout this highly acclaimed work, Peoples and Bailey explore the diversity of humanity and clearly demonstrate why an appreciation and tolerance of cultural differences is critical today. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Tradition and Christianity

Author: Ben Burt
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 3718654490
Release Date: 1994
Genre: History

Tradition and Christianity explores the way a Pacific Islands people, fiercely attached to the tradition of their ancestors, have transformed their society by changing their religion. Taking a perspective from the culture of the Kwaraae people of Malaita island, it traces a century of colonial history to show how and why they rejected the religion of their ancestral ghosts to become Christians. This is a story of resistance and compromise, from the 19th century labour trade through colonial subjugation and Christian conversion, to the anti-colonial Maasina Rul movement of the 1940s and the efforts of Kwaraae leaders ever since to regain their self determination by reaffirming traditional values under Christianity. Christianity has played a crucial part in the colonial transformation of the Pacific Islands. This book presents an unusually detailed local history to show how a fundamentalist mission contributed to the development of a distinctive indigenous Christianity with strong but ambivalent foundations in Kwaraae traditional culture. An anthropological study of a subject more familiar to missiologists and historians gives valuable new insights into the continuities and contradictions between traditional culture and Christianity in the contemporary Pacific.

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

Author: Mr John Barker
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409491095
Release Date: 2012-12-28
Genre: Social Science

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 contradictions for members of moral communities. While returning to some classical concerns, such as the roles of big men and sorcerers, the book opens new territory with richly textured ethnographic studies and theoretical reviews that explore the interface between the values associated with indigenous village life and the ethical orientations associated with Christianity, the state, the marketplace, and other facets of ‘modernity'. A major contribution to the emerging field of the anthropology of morality, the volume includes some of the most prominent scholars working in the discipline today, including Bruce Knauft, Joel Robbins, F.G. Bailey,Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington.

Social Reproduction and History in Melanesia

Author: Robert John Foster
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521483328
Release Date: 1995-04-27
Genre: History

This study describes and interprets the ritual activity that follows upon death in the Tanga Islands, Papua New Guinea. Robert J. Foster shows how the performance of large-scale feasts and ceremonial exchanges both commemorate the dead and regenerate the social relations of the living. He places the rites in an historical context by demonstrating how the effects of participation in an expanding cash economy has allowed Tangans to conceive of the rites as "customary" in opposition to the new and foreign practices of "business."

Social Change in Melanesia

Author: Paul Sillitoe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521778069
Release Date: 2000-04-13
Genre: Social Science

This book offers a clear and absorbing account of social change in Melanesia since the arrival of Europeans, covering the colonial period and the history of the new post-colonial states. It discusses economic and technological change, urbanisation, the development of the modern state, and the often violent reactions to these dramatic transformations, and considers the dilemmas of development that threaten the environment. A companion to An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia (1998), it is addressed to students with little or no background in the region's history and development.

Home in the Islands

Author: Jan Rensel
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824819349
Release Date: 1997-01
Genre: Social Science

Home in the Islands addresses changes in housing in the Pacific, considers how these changes came about, and explores their consequences. Architecture intersects with critical anthropology and geography as contributors examine how social, political, religious, economic, demographic, and environmental influences coverage in the nexus of housing. Building on recent interdisciplinary literature, the essays explore the meanings that are spatially negotiated as Pacific Islanders build and dwell in places that have always been home, are homes away from home, and are homelands without homes. Although detailed written and photographic documentation is not available for most case studies of housing in the Pacific, the stories are there for those who learn to read the evidence. They draw attention to colonial and missionary agendas, local and global economies, environmental disasters, cultural identities, social connections, and family continuity, as well as personal choices. And, as the chapter on homeless Hawaiians shows, even those without houses have stories to tell. Anthropologists, architects, environmental designers, geographers, and historians will welcome this diverse volume on a neglected yet important aspect of change in the lives of Pacific Islanders.

The Anthropology of Christianity

Author: Fenella Cannell
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822336464
Release Date: 2006-11-07
Genre: Religion

Ethnographies exploring the vastly different ways that Christianity is experienced and understood by different groups around the world.

Religion and Anthropology

Author: Brian Morris
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521852412
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Religion

"This important study provides a critical introduction to the social anthropology of religion, focusing on more recent classical ethnographies. Comprehensive, free of scholastic jargon, engaging, and comparative in approach, it covers all the major religious traditions that have been studied concretely by anthropologists: Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and its relation to African and Melanesian religions, and contemporary Neo-Paganism"--P. [4] of cover.

Arguing with Anthropology

Author: Karen Sykes
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415254434
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

A guide to key elements in anthropology, this work teaches the ability to think, write and argue critically. Its hypothetical approach takes gift-theory - the science of obligation and reciprocity - as the theme of a virtual enquiry, which explores how the discipline has evolved, how it is applied in practice and how it can be argued.