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Race: The Reality of Human Differences

Vincent Sarich; Frank Miele

First Edition • August 1, 2005 • 304 pages

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The conventional wisdom in contemporary social science claims that human races are not biologically valid categories. Many argue the very words “race” and “racial differences” should be abolished because they support racism. In Race, Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele challenge both these tenets. First, they cite the historical record, the…

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Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture

Scott Simon

First Edition • February 11, 2005 • 192 pages

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Tanners of Taiwan is an ethnography of identity construction set in the leather-tanning communities of Southern Taiwan. Through life history analysis and ethnographic observation, Simon examines what it means to be Chinese – or alternatively Taiwanese – in contemporary Taiwan. Under forty years of martial law from 1947 to 1987, the…

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The Iraqw of Tanzania: Negotiating Rural Development

Katherine A. Snyder

First Edition • February 25, 2005 • 208 pages

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In The Iraqw of Tanzania: Negotiating Rural Development, author Katherine Snyder focuses on how the Iraqw perceive, respond to, and affect development in Tanzania. Snyder explores how the ideology of development affects people’s actions, from what crops to plant, to what to wear and do at their weddings, and considers…

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Reflections of Our Past: How Human History Is Revealed in Our Genes

John H Relethford

First Edition • September 1, 2004 • 269 pages

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Where did modern humans come from and how important are the biological differences among us? Are we descended from Neanderthals? How many races of people are there? Were Native Americans the first settlers of the New World? How can we tell if Thomas Jefferson had a child with Sally Hemings?…

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Intelligence, Race, and Genetics: Conversations With Arthur R. Jensen

Frank Miele

First Edition • August 1, 2004 • 256 pages

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In a series of provocative conversations with Skeptic magazine senior editor Frank Miele, renowned University of California-Berkeley psychologist Arthur R. Jensen details the evolution of his thoughts on the nature of intelligence, tracing an intellectual odyssey that leads from the programs of the Great Society to the Bell Curve Wars…

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From Mukogodo To Maasai: Ethnicity and Cultural Change in Kenya

Lee Cronk

First Edition • August 1, 2004 • 192 pages

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Can one change one’s ethnicity? Can an entire ethnic group change its ethnicity? This book focuses on the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo of Kenya. Until the 1920s and 1930s, the Mukogodo were Cushitic-speaking foragers (hunters, gatherers, and beekeepers). However, changes brought on by British colonial policies…

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Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France

David Beriss

First Edition • August 1, 2004 • 176 pages

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About 337,000 people of French Antillean Origin live in metropolitan France today. Unlike immigrants from North Africa, Turkey or sub-Saharan Africa, Antilleans are French citizens with deep roots in French history. Indeed, the Caribbean Islands they come from have been a part of France for over three centuries. Antilleans were…

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Namoluk Beyond The Reef: The Transformation Of A Micronesian Community

Mac Marshall

First Edition • February 20, 2004 • 192 pages

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This case study examines emigrants from Namoluk Atoll in the Eastern Caroline Islands of Micronesia, in the Western Pacific. Most members of the Namoluk community (chonNamoluk) do not currently live there – some 60% of them have moved to Chuuk, Guam, or the mainland US (such as Honolulu, Hawai’i or…

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The Lao: Gender, Power, and Livelihood

Carol Ireson-Doolittle; Geraldine Moreno-Black

First Edition • September 1, 2003 • 208 pages

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The Lao discusses culture and village life in Laos, exploring topics of kinship and family, gender relations, households, religion, livelihood strategies, and ethnicity. In particular, the effects of recent development projects on the relative power of men and women in rural Lao society, and the responses of women to those…

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Contaminated Communities: Coping With Residential Toxic Exposure, Second Edition

Michael R Edelstein

Second Edition • August 1, 2003 • 352 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$47.50 CAD

In this wholly revised Second Edition, Michael Edelstein draws on his thirty years as a community activist to provide a much-expanded theoretical foundation for understanding the psychosocial impacts of toxic contamination. Informed by social psychological theory and an extensive survey of documented cases of toxic exposure, and enlivened by excerpts…

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