Commentaries on Growing Up in the Global Village

by Pamela J Peck



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/15/2011

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781426948213
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781426948206

About the Book

In the early twentieth century, anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote a seminal book called Coming of Age in Samoa, followed by a second ethnography called Growing Up in New Guinea. Now, anthropologist Pamela Peck borrows from these titles for her latest book, Coming of Age in Anthropology. The similarity is intentional and goes beyond a simple play on words; in less than a century, the world has transformed from a globe of villages to a global village. Whereas before we could go about our lives without much concern for people on the other side of the planet, we are now forced to recognize that the world is one interrelated and interdependent social system. It is time to “come of age” in this new global reality, and anthropology, as the study of humankind, is particularly suited to the task. With this goal in mind, Dr. Peck offers twenty commentaries, selected from the many talks she has delivered to audiences over a period spanning three decades, critically examining our economic, political and ideological institutions so that we might better decide how to have a world. The choice, she states, is clear: either we learn to grow up together, or we do not get to grow up at all.

About the Author

Cultural anthropologist Pamela J Peck is an author, composer, playwright and lecturer whose professional interest is education for a global perspective and the application of social science knowledge to the practical concerns of everyday life. Canadian born, she holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion (Mt. Allison University), Bachelor and Master of Social Work (UBC), and PhD in Anthropology (UBC). She was a Research Associate at the University of Delhi in India and a Research Fellow at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Pamela has traveled in and studied more than eighty countries around the world, and has lived and worked in a number of them. She uses her cultural experiences to infuse and inform her lectures, commentaries, novels, screenplays and stage musicals. Her writings appeal to people of all ages as she takes us on journeys to the far corners of the outer world, and into the inner recesses of the human mind.