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Too Many People

Contact, Disorder, Change in an Inuit Society, 1822-2015

Willem Rasing (author)

ISBN: 9781897568408

Publication Date: Apr 2017

Format: Paperback

examines the history of contact with the outside world and a group of Inuit, the Iglulingmiut living in Canada's Eastern Arctic. The nature of these encounters and their impact is described and analysed from 1822 to 2015. Seeking to understand how order was brought about and maintained during this period of nearly two centuries, the ongoing historical narrative that evolves displays a pattern of interconnected social, economic, political, cognitive, and volitional changes in Iglulingmiut society.
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Too Many People examines the history of contact with the outside world and a group of Inuit, the Iglulingmiut living in Canada's Eastern Arctic. The nature of these encounters and their impact is described and analysed from 1822 to 2015. Seeking to understand how order was brought about and maintained during this period of nearly two centuries, the ongoing historical narrative that evolves displays a pattern of interconnected social, economic, political, cognitive, and volitional changes in Iglulingmiut society.

Starting with a detailed description of Iglulingmiut in 1822, based on the ethnographic accounts of initial European contact left by members of Parry's Second Arctic Expedition, the historical analysis documents how Iglulingmiut evolved from a fairly ordered and harmonious society, into its present-day state marked by deep social malaise, tragically expressed through high rates of substance abuse, delinquency, and suicide. The book also reveals how, in response, the Iglulingmiut are increasingly turning to their traditional values as a means of stemming and reversing the demoralization and cultural degradation brought on by decades of colonial contact.
Pages 568
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2017
Publisher Nunavut Arctic College Media
Subject/s Anthropology   Indigenous peoples   Sociology: customs & traditions  

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