The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World / Edition 3

The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World / Edition 3

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by Bruce Knauft
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0078034922

ISBN-13: 9780078034923

Pub. Date: 01/31/2012

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

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,

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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 the The Gebusi has been updated and streamlined throughout and has new material as well as “Broader Connections” sections following each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780078034923
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
494,120
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: 1980–82


CHAPTER 1: Friends in the Forest


Broader Connections: Fieldwork and Culture


CHAPTER 2: Rhythms of Survival


Broader Connections: Subsistence, Health, and Language


CHAPTER 3: Lives of Death


Broader Connections: Life Stories and “Doing Ethnography”


CHAPTER 4: Getting Along with Kin and Killers


Broader Connections: Kinship, Marriage, and Social Organization


CHAPTER 5: Spirits, Sex, and Celebration


Broader Connections: Sexuality and Gender


CHAPTER 6: Ultimate Splendor


Broader Connections: Ritual Initiation and Life-Cycle Transitions


PART TWO: 1998


CHAPTER 7: Time for Change: Yuway’s Sacred Decision


Broader Connections: Sociocultural and Religious Change


CHAPTER 8: Pennies and Peanuts, Rugby and Radios


Broader Connections: Markets, Development, and Modern Aspirations


CHAPTER 9: Mysterious Romance, Marital Choice


Broader Connections: Youth and Modernity, “Companionate” Marriage


CHAPTER 10: Sayu’s Dance and After


Broader Connections: Nationhood, Ethnicity, and Folklore


PART THREE: THREE DECADES OF CULTURAL CHANGE


CHAPTER 11: Revival 2008


Broader Connections: Cultural Survival, Economic Decline, and the Reinvention of Traditions


CHAPTER 12: 2012 and Beyond


Broader Connections: Globalization, Political Economy, and Engaged Anthropology
Farewell


List of Persons


Index

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