Overwhelming Terror: Love, Fear, Peace, and Violence among Semai of Malaysia - War and Peace Library (Paperback)
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Overwhelming Terror: Love, Fear, Peace, and Violence among Semai of Malaysia - War and Peace Library (Paperback)

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Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 16/12/2008
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This powerful ethnography of a people believed to be the least violent in the world explores how they maintain peaceful relations even under the most dire circumstances. Robert Knox Dentan, the world's foremost scholar of Semai, brings its members vividly to life. His book includes translations of their poetry, dramatized accounts of particular events, and narratives in their own words. Throughout, the author highlights the mechanisms and costs of peace, underscoring their relevance to everyday life in all societies. Students and scholars of peace studies, conflict resolution, ethnography, and Southeast Asia will find this unique work an invaluable and compelling study.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742553309
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Dentan notes that '[e]thnographies are mountains and endure, theories are mayflies and don't.' . . . Anyone, irrespective of discipline or area of specialization, who traverses this mountain will gain intellectually. Its methodology is refreshingly experimental and its theoretical orientation eclectic. The arguments presented are persuasive and compelling. The moral lessons conveyed in this elegantly and eloquently expressed ethnography are insightful, pertinent, and significant, particularly for those living in a world in which terror and violence prevail. * Journal of Asian Studies *
Overwhelming Terror, the product of four decades of research among Semai, demonstrates that Semai ways of life are not something rare and strange, but a continuation of the ways of successful ancient egalitarian societies. Robert Knox Dentan, applying lessons learned among Semai to contemporary American problems, succeeds admirably in a way that makes one proud to be an anthropologist. -- Carol Laderman, City College-CUNY

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