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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Discovering a new world - Anuta!
I believe that the structure of the book was pretty much like a text book, which is why I felt that it covered uninteresting aspects of the life their in detail, while some of the parts I would have like to explore more, were briefly described. I would have enjoyed it more if it focused more on drawing comparisons between western lifestyles and the lifestyle of the Anutans.
It was a very interesting topic because we often do not get to learn about new cultures and new people, so I really appreciated this opportunity. The style of writing was easy and accessible and I often felt that the delivery of the narrator was on point when conveying feelings of surprise, shock and affection.
I often felt that the delivery of the narrator was on point when conveying feelings of surprise, shock and affection. I disliked that the narrator seemed to be pulling some words (saying them in slow motion) at certain intervals.
It would be interesting to see how they have adapted to globalisation and the internet and all the benefits (and harms) of technology. Maybe a 2017 follow up would be interesting to draw conclusions about the effects of advancement in technology on a seemingly happy community.
I was given this free copy by Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
A fantastic view into a small Polynesian island