20 October 2009

Updated Profiles and New Book Reviews

I have just updated my cultural profile of the Nuer people of the Sudan.  My site includes 76 profiles of peoples of Africa.  I periodically update or totally rewrite these as I come across new information.

I have also continued reading, but my postings of reviews has slowed down due to many other activities competing for time.  As of 20 October I have read 166 books this year.   I have several reviews in draft form, and plan to post some more in the next few days.  This year since I have moved to the United States, I have been reading many books on US history, culture and politics.  Particularly interesting have been books about the recent phenomenon of political Christianity in the US.

You'll find my current reading list at http://orvillejenkins.com/obj/objbooks2009.html

My posted reviews, in topical order can be found here: http://orvillejenkins.com/reviews/topicindex.html

22 May 2009

Book Reviews

One section of my website consists of reviews of books I have read. Some of these are basic book reviews. But on most I interact with the topic, and the review is my essay on the theme of hte book, incorporating my critique of the book.

I read about 150 books a year on many different technical and popular topics. As I read most volumes I highlight and annotate, and often interact with the author in a one-sided dialogue as I try to grasp what the author intends, the implications of what the author contends and the validity of the new insights in light of what I already have learned or believe about reality.

I have added about 30 book reviews in 2009.

In 2009, I have posted a total of 42 new articles. Check them out.

Click Here for the main article menu of my website Thoughts and Resources

14 March 2009

Ethnic Identity -- New Articles

I've been writing some new articles recently, arising out of questions I've been answering for queries to my web site.

Most of the articles on my site (over 600 now) have developed out of practical questions in the field. Many reflect the form of that original dialogue or start out with the original question. While I deal with philosophies, cultural worldviews and principles from several technical disciplines, everything I do is aimed at real-world value.

Many articles are revised on an ongoing basis. I continue studying and researching. Many readers write in to discuss matters. Other researchers involved in networks and projects in which I participate will foster discussion. Many times papers you see here have arisen to define definitions and strategy approaches in research and practice related to ethnicity and cross-cultural communication.

Each article carries a development history at the end, so you can see how the topic has been dealt with. Here is a topic originally posted in 2006 in answer to a query from a reader. It has been revised and expanded on an ongoing basis as I ran across pertinent information or dealt with related questions for other readers.

Italians and Race http://orvillejenkins.com/peoples/italiansrace.html

This relates to other files on the topic of concepts of race and the differing use of terminology for self-identification and other-identification in different social environments. A growing area of this dicussion has been genetics. Check out the Related links at the end of the article.

Ethnolinguistic? http://orvillejenkins.com/peoples/ethnolinguistic.html

Many new cultural profiles were have been added. Several existing ones have been rewritten. Here is one about a little-known people of Congo.
The Yansi of Democratic Republic of Congo http://orvillejenkins.com/profiles/yansi.html