Custom and Confrontation: The Kwaio Struggle for Cultural Autonomy

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Anthropologists and students of anthropology may read this book because it is a superior ethnography, detailed and enriched by theoretical insights. But at the heart of this book is a moral take, a simple but powerful story about an indigenous people who were wronged, who resisted for more than 100 years, and who may yet prevail. This message, ultimately, lends the book its true meaning and value. William Rodman, Anthropologica A major contribution to the ethnography and history of Malaita and Melanesia, and to the growing literature on cultural resistance. But above all, his humane and painful analysis of the meeting of peoples living in different worlds and constructing their agendas and moralities on incommensurate and apparently equally arbitrary principles, represents a major contribution and challenge to anthropological thought, addressing the basic issue of what it is to be human. Fredrik Barth