Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha Prior to Globalization

Channeling the Flow of Life

Deborah E. Tooker

Deborah E. Tooker

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

372 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $74.95 ISBN: 9789089643254 Published June 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Based on the author's extensive fieldwork among the Akha people prior to full nation-state integration, this illuminating study critically reexamines assumptions about space, power, and the politics of identity, so often based on modern, western contexts. Tooker explores the active role that spatial practices have played in maintaining cultural autonomy. The book expands current debates about power relations in the region from a mostly political and economic framework into the domains of ritual, cosmology, and indigenous meaning and social systems.

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