It concentrates on a concise, well-researched issue pertaining to a particular ethnic group, and is written by a recognized scholar in the field. It is small, roughly 100 pages, and inexpensive, thus making it an ideal quick read. Its lively and readable writing style helps the reader to identify with members of a different culture, expanding his or her grasp of the experiences and problems encountered by this group. This book is part of the brand new Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnicity an d Change Series edited by David Maybury-Lewis and Theodore Macdonald. Sharply focused on key issues affecting indigenous and ethnic groups worldwide, this series of ethnographies, authored by leading figures in the field of anthropology, builds on introductory material by going further in-depth and allowing readers to explore, virtually first-hand, a particular issue and its impact on a culture. Anthropologists, Sociologists, and Well-Read Laymen.
This text explores who indigenous people are, where they are, their place in the modern world, ethnicity, the concepts of "state" and "nation," the history and politics of interethnic situations, the agendas of leaders who incite interethnic conflicts, and issues arising from theorists and rulers operating on the premise of the homogeneity of states/nations. The text is intended for students and general readers, but may also be useful as a reference for scholars, activists and policy makers. It was prepared in association with Cultural Survival, a U.S.-based organization founded in 1972 whose mission is to defend the human rights of indigenous peoples. The differences between the second edition and the 1997 edition are not clearly stated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)