Subject: Anthropology. Ethnography

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Cambodians and Their Doctors: A Medical Anthropology of Colonial and Post-Colonial Cambodia

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Jan Ovesen & Ing-Britt Trankell 2010 At face value, this book is about medicine in Cambodia over the last hundred years. At the same time, however, by using ‘medicine’ (in the sense of ideas, practices and institutions relating to health and illness) as a prism through which to view colonial and post-colonial Cambodian society more […]

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Asian Cities: Globalization, Urbanization and Nation-Building

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Malcolm McKinnon 2011 Asian Cities challenges Western theories of globalization and urban growth with a fresh and stimulating look at cities in developing Asia. It questions the status accorded globalization in explaining contemporary Asian cities, arguing instead that they are being transformed by three major forces – urbanization and nation-building as well as globalization. The […]

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Submitting to God: Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia

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Sylva Frisk 2009 In recent decades, Malaysia has been profoundly changed both by forces of globalization, modernization and industrialization, and by a strong Islamization process. Some would argue that the situation of Malay women has worsened but such a conclusion is challenged by this study of the everyday religious practice of pious women within Kuala […]

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The Social Dynamics of Deforestation in the Philippines: Actions, Options and Motivations

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Gerhard van den Top 2010 Since 1900, the once-rich forests of the Philippines have virtually vanished. Based on ten years of research (five in the Sierra Madre region), this volume offers a detailed case study into the dynamics of forest use, degradation and loss in north-eastern Luzon. This is not merely an account of an […]

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Lost Goddesses:The Denial of Female Power in Cambodian History

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Trudy Jacobsen 2008 Women had a high status in pre-modern Southeast Asia; this is constantly stated, especially in relation to discussions on the status of women today in the region. Why, then, is it that the position of women there today is far from equitable? Few studies have examined how or when – let alone […]

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Folk Tales of the Maldives

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Xavier Romero-Frias 2012 The Maldives are mainly known as an equatorial tourist paradise to the south of India but some will know the archipelago risks drowning owing to global warming. Far less is known about the people, who have occupied these islands for millennia but whose deep indigenous culture is today under threat from a […]

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All Religions Merge in Tranquebar: religious Coexistence and Social Cohesion South India

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Oluf Schönbeck (with Peter B. Andersen) 2012 With globalization helping those who assert incompatible differences between their respective faiths, clashes of faith are increasingly common in different parts of the world. As a result, the study of religious conflict is also increasing. This book reverses that perspective by addressing a case of peaceful religious coexistence […]

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Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand

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Barend Jan Terwiel 2012 First published in 1975, B.J. Terwiel’s Monks and Magic remains a widely cited text. This is an absorbing study of Buddhism as practised at that time in a community in rural Central Thailand, describing how esoteric spells and magical diagrams were the main interest of children and adolescents but full ritual […]

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Ancestors in Borneo Societies: Death, Transformation, and Social Immotality

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Pascal Couderc & Kenneth Sillander (eds) 2012 While death, eschatology and exotic indigenous deathways have long held a privileged position in the ethnographic and popular literature on Borneo, ancestors have remained a strangely neglected topic. This volume fills this lacuna by presenting a collection of essays on ancestors in Borneo societies written by anthropologists with […]

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The Authority of Influence: Women and Power in Burmese History

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Jessica Harriden 2012 This book explores the relationship between gender and power in Burmese history from pre-colonial times to the present day and aims to identify the sources, nature and limitations of women’s power. The study takes as its starting point the apparent contradiction that, though Burmese women historically enjoyed relatively high social status and […]

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