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Countries and Their Cultures, Volume 4: Saint Kitts - by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

By Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

Just like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume nations and Their Cultures is predicated at the number of ethnographic details often called the Human kin region records established at Yale college. not like international Cultures, that's prepared via tradition, the hot paintings is geared up via state. This work's power is that readers who be aware of little or no a few kingdom can speedy receive an exceptional orientation to the main matters, 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 a superb common review of a rustic with no drastically oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have an identical constitution, with sections on geography, historical past, demography, languages, foodstuff, financial system, etiquette, politics, family members, faith, and humanities and arts. A country's measure of cultural team spirit in addition to its cultural diversifications are defined within the sections on nationwide id, ethnic family members, and social stratification. every one access has a map with a neighborhood insert, black-and-white images, and a bibliography of contemporary scholarly books. steered particularly for libraries that don't personal Encyclopedia of global Cultures. Marc Meola, Coll. of latest Jersey Lib., Ewing

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Development activities and training in this sphere are overseen by the National Research and Development Foundation, an NGO that receives government support and operates training programs for entrepreneurship. Another important NGO is the Folk Research Centre (FRC), which is involved in social and cultural research, programming, and education. The Relative Status of Women and Men. Much has been made of the so-called ‘‘matrifocal’’ character of West Indian domestic life. This is reflected in Saint Lucia, where men are frequently not dominant figures in households, or are absent.

A community of foreign expatriates who have taken Vincentian citizenship live in the southeast section of the main island. Foreign whites control Mustique, Petit Saint Vincent, and Palm Island. Symbols of Social Stratification. A sharp difference is visible between the very small local elite and the activities of the poor who make up the majority of the Vincentian population. The middle class dif- 1902 SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ferentiate themselves from the poorer people by their use of standard English speech, private automobiles, and expensive dress, as well as lodge memberships and such activities as beauty contests.

1898 SAINT LUCIA T HE S TATE OF THE P HYSICAL S OCIAL S CIENCES Dressler, William. Hypertension and Culture Change: Acculturation and Disease in the West Indies, 1982. AND Social science research has been carried out for many years in Saint Lucia, mostly by foreign researchers but sometimes with local counterparts. In the 1970s the Folk Research Centre was founded to monitor this research, and to recover research that was locally unavailable. Currently the FRC engages in programming and oversight, and works with visiting scholars.

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