Nest in the Wind

Author: Martha C. Ward
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 9781478610540
Release Date: 2004-10-21
Genre: Social Science

During her first visit to the beautiful island of Pohnpei in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, anthropologist Martha Ward discovered people who grew quarter-ton yams in secret and ritually shared a powerful drink called kava. She managed a medical research project, ate dog, became pregnant, and responded to spells placed on her. Thirty years later she returned to Pohnpei to learn what had happened there since her first visit. Were islanders still relaxed and casual about sex? Were they still obsessed with titles and social rank? Was the island still lush and beautiful? Had the inhabitants remained healthy? This second edition of Wards best-selling account is a rare, longitudinal study that tracks people, processes, and a place through decades of change. It is also an intimate record of doing fieldwork that immerses readers in the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and the sensory richness of Pohnpei. Ward addresses the ageless ethnographic questions about family life, politics, religion, traditional medicine, magic, and death together with contemporary concerns about postcolonial survival, the discontinuities of culture, and adaptation to the demands of a global age. Her insightful discoveries illuminate the evolution of a culture possibly distant from yet important to people living in other parts of the world.

The Obesity Epidemic in North America

Author: Anna Bellisari
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 9781478608011
Release Date: 2012-05-18
Genre: Social Science

Obesity prevalence in North America is the highest in the developed world, a situation that calls for a deeper understanding of this complex phenomenon. Brief yet comprehensive, The Obesity Epidemic in North America offers a much-needed examination of the effects of human evolution, environmental changes, human variation, poverty, and culture. An ideal supplement in nutritional anthropology or medical anthropology classes, the books rare biocultural perspective helps readers grasp the root causes of obesity. As Bellisari sees it, the medical and nutrition-science fields are fully engaged in developing strategies to address the obesity problem. It is institutions, such as political and economic organizations, as well as society itself, that need to become more proactive in improving obesity-related public health. This text provides a giant first step toward that end.

A World Full of Women

Author: Martha C. Ward
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317342472
Release Date: 2015-10-14
Genre: Social Science

Takes a cross-cultural approach to the study of women A World Full of Women, 6/e, combines descriptive ethnography, gender theory, and international statistics to present a comprehensive picture of the lives of women. Readers will better comprehend and contextualize women’s issues and experiences in today’s world. This title explores the diversity of women’s lives from class to culture, with examples ranging from women’s work to marriage patterns, health issues, violence against women, and grassroots organizing.

God in Postliberal Perspective

Author: Robert Andrew Cathey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317126614
Release Date: 2016-04-22
Genre: Religion

Who is God? The variety of images of God tends to overwhelm us in the present age. Is 'God' a fiction of human construction, or a reality that makes claims upon how we practice 'faith in God'? How does this quest for an understanding of 'God' illumine who 'we' are? God in Postliberal Perspective presents an introduction to the doctrine and concept of God in contemporary philosophy and theology, exploring how some theologians and philosophers dare to speak of God as "real" in our sceptical, pluralistic, and interfaith age. Robert Cathey tours the "house of realism" as constructed by postliberal Christians (David Burrell, William Placher, Bruce Marshall), in conversation with living communities of faith and critical work in philosophy and theology, and develops a distinctive argument about the relation of realism and non-realism in constructing the doctrine of God in postliberal theology. Offering a reading of postliberal theology which is open to critical discussion with other types of theology, philosophy, and faith traditions, this book proposes a model of theological reflection that may be extended to the reality-claims of a wide range of doctrines and concepts.

Human Sexuality

Author: Anne Bolin
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780789026712
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Psychology

Human Sexuality: Biological, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives is a unique textbook that provides a complete analysis of this crucial aspect of life around the world. Utilizing viewpoints across cultural and national boundaries, and deftly weaving evolutionary and psychological perspectives, Bolin and Whelehan go beyond the traditional evolution and primatology to address cross-cultural and contemporary issues, as well as anthropological contributions and psycho-social perspectives. Taking into account the evolution of human anatomy, sexual behavior, attitudes, and beliefs, this far-reaching text goes beyond what is found in traditional books to present a wide diversity of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors found globally. In addition to providing a rich array of photographs, illustrations, tables, and a glossary of terms, this extraordinary textbook explores: pregnancy and childbirth as a bio-cultural experience life-course issues related to gender identity, sexual orientations, behaviors, and lifestyles socioeconomic, political, historical, and ecological influences on sexual behavior early childhood sexuality, puberty and adolescence birth control, fertility, conception, and sexual differentiation HIV infection, AIDS, AIDS globalization and sex work Fusing biological, socio-psychological, and cultural influences to offer new perspectives on understanding human sexuality, its development over millions of years of evolution, and how sexuality is embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts, this is the text for educators and students who wish to understand human sexuality in all of its richness and complexity.

The Mall

Author: Jerry Jacobs
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: UCSC:32106011018337
Release Date: 1984
Genre: Shopping malls

Ilmu Sosial di Indonesia

Author: Widjajanti Mulyono Santoso
Publisher: Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia
ISBN: 9789794619360
Release Date: 2016-02-03
Genre: Social Science

Kita berefleksi untuk mendapatkan gambaran masa depan yang lebih baik. Sejak reformasi kita belum melihat kembali wajah kita, sudah banyak buku yang menunjukan wajah sedih, marah, terluka, juga wajah yang menantang masa depan. Akan tetapi sisi akademis terlewatkan, karena kita jarang mempertanyakan diri kita dalam keilmuan dan kaitannya dengan masa depan kita. Padahal sudah banyak lembaga pendidikan dan penelitian, negeri dan swasta, juga pendidikan berkembang baik, bahkan skema-skema beasiswa dalam dan luar negeri pun sudah kembali terbuka. Di sisi lain, kita masih melihat kemiskinan, kesenjangan antarjender, tidak berkembangnya kota dan desa, nilai rupiah cenderung turun, dan masalah lingkungan yang tiada habisnya. Apakah ilmu social sudah ditinggalkan? Apakah para ilmuwan social tersingkirkan? Bagaimana dengan generasi ilmuan social yang muda, yang berkiprah dari wilayah yang jauh dari pusat kota? Ilmu Sosial di Indonesia: Perkembangan dan Tantangan merupakan kumpulan artikel yang dikemas dalam konteks refleksi ilmu social kemudian berupaya memotretnya. Kumpulan tulisan ini adalah bukti kepedulian ilmuwan social atas negeri dan keilmuannya. Mereka berpikir dan berimajinasi dengan tujuan Nusantara Persada, menjadi Indonesia yang lebih baik.

Whisper of the Mother

Author: Maureen Helen Fitzgerald
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: 0897898184
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Social Science

Combining historic and contemporary data from the community of Pohnpei in Micronesia, Fitzgerald provides an ethnography of reproduction-related experiences. This study explores menarche, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and menopause in one Pacific Island society experiencing significant culture change.