Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World

ISBN-10: 0078034922
ISBN-13: 9780078034923
Edition: 3rd 2013
Authors: Bruce Knauft
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Book details

List price: $85.33
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Written specifically for students, this ethnography provides an engaging, real-life account of the transition from a traditional to a modern culture. It uses vibrant, poignant stories and examples to connect developments among Gebusi to topics widely discussed in anthropology courses, including comparative aspect of subsistence, kinship, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, and applied anthropology. When first studied by Bruce Knauft, the Gebusi of Papua New Guinea conducted ritual dances and spirit séances, practiced alternative sexual customs, and endured a high rate of violence. By the late 1990s, Gebusi had converted to Christianity and actively pursued market activity, schooling, government programs, sports leagues, and disco music. By 2008, however, their public services and cash economy had deteriorated, and Gebusi relied increasingly, once again, on indigenous customs and practices. Some aspects of change, however, remained enduring. More recently, problems of economic hardship have persisted—as has the resilience of Gebusi culture.This third edition of theThe Gebusihas been updated and streamlined throughout and has new material as well as “Broader Connections” sections following each chapter.

List of Map, Figures, and Photographs
Preface
Entry
Introduction: In Search of Surprise
Broader Connections: Cultural Anthropology
1980-82
Friends in the Forest
Broader Connections: Fieldwork and Culture
Rhythms of Survival
Broader Connections: Subsistence, Health, and Language
Lives of Death
Broader Connections: Life Stories, Death from Sorcery, and "Doing Ethnography"
Getting Along with Kin and Killers
Broader Connections: Kinship, Marriage, and Social Organization
Spirits, Sex, and Celebration
Broader Connections: Sexuality and Gender
Ultimate Splendor
Broader Connections: Ritual Initiation and Life-Cycle Transitions
1998
Time for Change: Yuway's Sacred Decision
Broader Connections: Sociocultural and Religious Change
Pennies and Peanuts, Rugby and Radios
Broader Connections: Markets, Development, and Modern Aspirations
Mysterious Romance, Marital Choice
Broader Connections: Youth, Modernity, "Companionate Maniage"
Sayu's Dance and After
Broader Connections: Nationhood, Ethnicity, and Folklore
Three Decades of Cultural Change
Revival 2008
Broader Connections: Cultural Survival, Economic Decline, and the Reinvention of Traditions
2012 and Beyond
Farewell
Broader Connections: Globalization, Political Economy, and Engaged Anthropology
List of Persons
Index

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