This volume engages with the work of E. Douglas Lewis, who has made major contributions to the understanding of Eastern Indonesia, ethnography, culture, and religion, as well as a neurobiologically informed anthropology. Lewis' work on the Ata Tana `Ai (People of the Forest) of Flores has long been regarded as a seminal work on culture and society in Eastern Indonesia. His `precedence theory' became highly influential among anthropologists in their interpretations of other social groups in the region. In this volume, however, a group of scholars influenced by his work undertake diverse and thought-provoking excursions from Lewis' work, shedding light on his insights on subjects ranging from Eastern Indonesian ethnography, to theorizing culture change, to development, and to the nascent field of `neuroanthropology'. Of particular note, this book also features an extended contribution by Lewis that is, as Professor James J. Fox notes in this book's foreword, `the kind of serious contemplation of an intellectual trajectory that every senior anthropologist should be urged to write'.
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 x 25 mm
Edition: New edition
"This well-edited volume highlights the value of ethnographic field research and its contribution to the role of anthropology in an increasingly interdisciplinary environment. Due homage is paid to the long-term engagement of E. Douglas Lewis with his students and with Melbourne University." Leontine Visser, Professor of Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen University
"This fine collection of essays forms the perfect tribute to the wide-ranging work of E. Douglas Lewis. In the best tradition of Lewis's own work, most contributions are based on solid ethnographic fieldwork, which gives the volume a lasting quality. The collection is concluded by an essay in which Lewis gives his own ideas for new research that could cover another lifespan." Freek Colombijn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Editor of "Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde"
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