Anuta, Second Edition

  • by Richard Feinberg
  • Narrated by Erin C Gray
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Revised to stimulate and engage an undergraduate student audience, Richard Feinberg's updated account of Anuta opens with a chapter on his varied experiences when he initially undertook fieldwork in this tiny, isolated Polynesian community in the Solomon Islands. He explores dominant cultural features, including language, kinship, marriage, politics, and religion topics that align with subject matter covered in introductory anthropology courses and he looks at some of the challenges Anutans face in the 21st century. Like many other peoples living on small, remote islands, Anutans strive to maintain traditional values while at the same time becoming involved in the world market economy. In all, Feinberg gives listeners magnificent material for studying the relations between demography, environment, culture, and society in this changing world.
The book is published by Kent State University Press.

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A fantastic view into a small Polynesian island

As a young anthropologist, Dr Feinberg conducts his first field work in the small, isolated Polynesian island of Anuta. He describes in detail the relationship networks, the lifestyle and world views of the nearly self sustaining islanders, as well as creating lifelong friends. He returns to the island a couple of decades later, documenting the changes caused by greater contact with other islands, the introduction of outside concepts and technology, as well as how the Anutans fare when living in other societies.

This book condenses a lifetime of scholarly work in an easily accessible manner for the lay reader. The only downside to the audio format are the somewhat complicated kin structures, which would have been easier to follow in writing (and preferably with pen and paper to sketch out the groups).

Unfortunately, the narrator didn't do this book justice. Too often, he drawled out words and sentences in a manner that I couldn't help interpreting as somewhat smug and self satisfied, in an odd contrast to the personality Dr Feinberg shows in his writing.

I received a copy from the author in return for this unbiased review.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2017
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks