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Living on Thin Ice
The Gwich'in Natives of Alaska
Steven C. Dinero
220 pages, 30 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-161-9 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (July 2016)
eISBN 978-1-78533-162-6 eBook
“The book is an excellent presentation of multidisciplinary methods focused steadily on the people and on their perceptions of what is going on. Most interesting for the future is that the internet may be the way to keep members of the Gwich’in diaspora connected to the village and their ‘Gwich’inness’…Highly Recommended. .All academic levels/libraries.” · Choice
The Gwich’in Natives of Arctic Village, Alaska, have experienced intense social and economic changes for more than a century. In the late 20th century, new transportation and communication technologies introduced radically new value systems; while some of these changes may be seen as socially beneficial, others suggest a weakening of what was once a strong and vibrant Native community. Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered since the turn of the millennium, this volume offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of the developments that have occurred in the community over the past several decades.
Steven C. Dinero is the Carter and Fran Pierce Term Chair for the Liberal Arts at Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania. His research addresses the social and economic concerns related to the settlement of formerly nomadic populations.
Subject: General Anthropology Development Studies Urban Studies
Area: North America
A Note on Methodology
Chapter 1. How Did We Get Here? An Overview of the First Century
Chapter 2. Episcopalianism Comes to Nets’aii Country
Chapter 3. Cleanliness, Hygiene, and Civilization Discourse: The Educational System, Past and Present
Chapter 4. The Village, Service Provision, and Economic Development
Chapter 5. The Evolving Role of Subsistence in Nets’aii Gwich’in Life
Chapter 6. The Environment and a Changing Climate
Chapter 7. The Youth Are the Future
Chapter 8. We Don’t Know Where We Are Anymore
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