Against Culture: Development, Politics, and Religion in Indian Alaska (Fourth World Rising)

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In a small Tlingit village in 1992, newly converted members of an all-native church started a bonfire of "non-Christian" items including, reportedly, native dancing regalia. The burnings recalled an earlier century in which church converts in the same village burned totem poles, and stirred long simmering tensions between native dance groups and fundamentalist Christian churches throughout the region. This book traces the years leading up to the most recent burnings and reveals the multiple strands of social tension defining Tlingit and Haida life in Southeast Alaska today. Author Kirk Dombrowksi roots these tensions in a history of misunderstanding and exploitation of native life, including, most recently, the consequences of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. He traces the results of economic upheaval, changes in dependence on timber and commercial fishing, and differences over the meaning of contemporary native culture that lie beneath current struggles. His cogent, highly readable analysis shows how these local disputes reflect broader problems of negotiating culture and Native American identity today. Revealing in its ethnographic details, arresting in its interpretive insights, Against Culture raises important practical and theoretical implications for the understanding of indigenous cultural and political processes.

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Kirk Dombrowski is an assistant professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY.


“Dombrowski’s ethnography provides a timely intervention for developing a comparative understanding of liberal state interventions in the sphere of indigenous rights. He provides us with a nuanced understanding of the post-colonial world of indigenous peoples in his study of the Tlingit and Haida of southeast Alaska today. . . . This ethnography deserves to be read widely. It is most powerful in dealing with the internal fractures evident in indigenous communities, but does not ignore the interplay that exists between legislative processes, the exigencies of market forces, and the legacies of over-exploited finite resources.”—Barry Morris, Australian Journal of Anthropology (Barry Morris Australian Journal of Anthropology)

"Well written and based on diligent research, the book will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary Native American issues. [Recommended for] all levels and collections."—Choice (Choice)

“Anyone who has attempted to sort out the intricacies of Native American Sovereignty movements or more generally, the nuances of Federal-Indian law, will immediately appreciate Dombrowski’s trenchant formulations, the hallmark quality of which is a penetrating analysis of the ways that nativism and world capitalism are neither wholly separate nor wholly antagonistic but, rather, frequently connected and interdependent in surprising and unsettling ways.”—Greg Johnson, The Journal of Religion (The Journal of Religion)

Against Culture is most productively surprising in the multiple ways the analysis grows beyond both its theoretical origins and its ethnography, to become widely useful, particularly for the development of new ways of understanding indigenous peoples’ continuing histories.”—Gerald Sider, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (Gerald Sider Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

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Kirk Dombrowski
Editore: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN 10: 0803217196 ISBN 13: 9780803217195
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Descrizione libro University of Nebraska Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Dust Cover Missing. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Codice libro della libreria G0803217196I4N01

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