Countries and Their Cultures, Volume 3: Laos - Rwanda

Countries and Their Cultures, Volume 3: Laos - Rwanda

Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember


just like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of global Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume nations and Their Cultures relies at the number of ethnographic details often called the Human relatives quarter documents established at Yale collage. in contrast to international Cultures, that's prepared by way of tradition, the recent paintings is geared up by way of state. This work's energy is that readers who understand little or no a few nation can quick receive an outstanding orientation to the most important concerns, heritage, and social constitution of a state. The 225 entries are among ten and 20 pages lengthy and skim like a move among a well-written encyclopedia article, a commute advisor, and a social technological know-how essay. they supply an exceptional basic evaluate of a rustic with no tremendously oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have an identical constitution, with sections on geography, historical past, demography, languages, meals, economic climate, etiquette, politics, kin, faith, and humanities and arts. A country's measure of cultural solidarity in addition to its cultural diversifications are defined within the sections on nationwide identification, ethnic relatives, and social stratification. every one access has a map with a local insert, black-and-white pictures, and a bibliography of contemporary scholarly books. suggested in particular for libraries that don't personal Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures. Marc Meola, Coll. of latest Jersey Lib., Ewing

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