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Nest in the Wind: Adventures in Anthropology on a Tropical Island, Second Edition 2nd Edition
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As a trained anthropologist, Ward was primed to observe the culture on Pohnpei. She notes that the society was matriarchal and that ceremonial titles were highly important. Personal names were impermanent, and many people, including study subjects, changed their names frequently. She struggles to learn the language, noting that it makes use of dual number in addition to singular and plural, and makes a distinction in personal pronouns between inclusive and exclusive "we". She discusses diet, gender roles, politics, education, courting behavior, and funeral rites. All of this is done, however, informally, almost in the manner of a travelogue. Indeed, many of the chapters close with letters that she wrote home to family or friends, many with humorous touches as she struggles with culture shock. As the time on the island passes, Ward relates to us the challenges that she faced in finding housing, a local research assistant, and conducting research related to the blood pressure project.Read more ›
My only "complaint" is that it was so good that I kept reading ahead, and then had to go back and re-read to complete the assignments because I couldn't always remember which chapter I'd read the answer in. I cried at the end.
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This items showed "Like new", but many stickers are put on the front and back sides and it is difficult to remove those for reading the summary on the back side.Published on August 29, 2013 by SHUICHI MATSUO
I needed this book for school. Renting or buying from your college is insanely expensive. This book came on time and in pretty good condition. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by j.d.
I usually hate text books but I loved this one! Keep it when your course is over or if you aren't even taking a class you HAVE to buy this book for, read it!Published on December 18, 2010 by kookiequinn
The book is still new and all pages are intact. It a good book for Anthropology .Published on September 25, 2010 by anitzy
This book was good, but if the personality of how the author displays themselves and presents material is important for you to enjoy a book, this might not be the best choice... Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Louise