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Integrating Strangers in Society, Perspectives from Elsewhere, edited by Jos D. M. Platenkamp, Almut Schneider

Integrating Strangers in Society, Perspectives from Elsewhere, edited by Jos D. M. Platenkamp, Almut Schneider
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non fiction
Main title
Integrating Strangers in Society
electronic resource
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edited by Jos D. M. Platenkamp, Almut Schneider
Sub title
Perspectives from Elsewhere
“The essays presented break a new path in the human sciences: there is not much written on the issue in focus and this perspective before. There may be bits here and there in introductory books on anthropological fieldwork, but I know of nothing that can compare with this new endeavor. This text offers an 'inverted anthropology' where what is foreign is an anthropologist coming in from abroad. This experience of acceptance of a stranger is made relevant for the more conventional debates on immigrant foreigners in various Western societies.” —Göran Aijmer, Professor at the Gothenburg Research Institute, University of Gothenbburg, Sweden “This book is absolutely timely, and quite unique in 'exoticizing' a debate that seems to be homemade in Europe and North America but, as the co-editors and authors show, is universal.” —Andre Gingrich, Director of the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria This book provides a uniquely positioned contribution to the current debates on the integration of immigrants in Europe. Twelve social anthropologists—“strangers by vocation”—reflect upon how they were taken in by those they studied over the course of their long-term fieldwork. The societies concerned are Sinti (northern Italy), Inuit (Canadian Arctic), Kanak (New Caledonia), Māori (New Zealand), Lanten (Laos), Tobelo and Tanebar-Evav (Indonesia), Banyoro (Uganda), Gawigl and Siassi (Papua New Guinea) and a township in Odisha (India). A comparative analysis of these reflexive, ethnographic accounts reveals as yet underrepresented, non-European perspectives on the issue of integrating strangers, enabling the reader to identify and reflect upon the uniquely Western ideals and values that currently dominate such discourse
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Becoming a Sinta: learning to see dreams and relating to the dead -- 3. "You are like geese". Working and rum dancing with the Inuit elders in Nunavut (Canada) -- 4. Being the otheri n Inuit society -- 5. An anthropologist in Kanaky. Modulations of belonging and otherness -- 6. A stranger-anthropologist as advocate of Māori development projects -- 7. On becoming a ritual master among the Lanten - Yao Mun - of Laos -- 8. To be made part part of Tobelo society (North Moluccas) -- 9. Welcome to Tanebar-Evav - can one be incorporated in a village society? -- 10. Naming and Becoming a Munyoro in Western Uganda -- 11. Placing the newcomer - staying with the Gawigl of Highland Papua New Guinea -- 12. Mythical beings from the swamp among the Siassi, Papua New Guinea -- 13. Strangers on an industrial frontier in Eastern India
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