Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia

S. Ann Dunham Alice G. Dewey Nancy I. Cooper Maya Soetoro-Ng Robert W.Hefner

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Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia

Surviving against the Odds Village Industry in Indonesia Read the foreword by Mara Soetoro NgPresident Barack Obama s mother S Ann Dunham was an economic anthropologist and rural development consultant who worked in several countries including Indonesia D

  • Title: Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia
  • Author: S. Ann Dunham Alice G. Dewey Nancy I. Cooper Maya Soetoro-Ng Robert W.Hefner
  • ISBN: 9780822346876
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Read the foreword by Mara Soetoro NgPresident Barack Obama s mother, S Ann Dunham, was an economic anthropologist and rural development consultant who worked in several countries including Indonesia Dunham received her doctorate in 1992 She died in 1995, at the age of 52, before having the opportunity to revise her dissertation for publication, as she had planned DunhaRead the foreword by Mara Soetoro NgPresident Barack Obama s mother, S Ann Dunham, was an economic anthropologist and rural development consultant who worked in several countries including Indonesia Dunham received her doctorate in 1992 She died in 1995, at the age of 52, before having the opportunity to revise her dissertation for publication, as she had planned Dunham s dissertation adviser Alice G Dewey and her fellow graduate student Nancy I Cooper undertook the revisions at the request of Dunham s daughter, Maya Soetoro Ng The result is Surviving against the Odds, a book based on Dunham s research over a period of fourteen years among the rural metalworkers of Java, the island home to nearly half Indonesia s population Surviving against the Odds reflects Dunham s commitment to helping small scale village industries survive her pragmatic, non ideological approach to research and problem solving and her impressive command of history, economic data, and development policy Along with photographs of Dunham, the book includes many pictures taken by her in Indonesia.After Dunham married Lolo Soetoro in 1967, she and her six year old son, Barack Obama, moved from Hawai i to Soetoro s home in Jakarta, where Maya Soetoro was born three years later Barack returned to Hawai i to attend school in 1971 Dedicated to Dunham s mother Madelyn, her adviser Alice, and Barack and Maya, who seldom complained when their mother was in the field, Surviving against the Odds centers on the metalworking industries in the Javanese village of Kajar Focusing attention on the small rural industries overlooked by many scholars, Dunham argued that wet rice cultivation was not the only viable economic activity in rural Southeast Asia.Surviving against the Odds includes a preface by the editors, Alice G Dewey and Nancy I Cooper, and a foreword by her daughter Maya Soetoro Ng, each of which discusses Dunham and her career In his afterword, the anthropologist and Indonesianist Robert W Hefner explores the content of Surviving against the Odds, its relation to anthropology when it was researched and written, and its continuing relevance today.

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    1. Ruth Ann on said:

      I found Janny Scott's biography of Ann Dunham (Barack Obama's mother) so deeply engaging that I went on to read this abridged version of Dunham's doctoral dissertation. Really I hoped it would feel like reading the biography itself, which was unrealistic, but it was worthwhile anyway. There were prefaces by Alicce Dewey, Dunham's advisor at the University of Hawaii; a colleague who did research in the same region of Indonesia; and her daughter Maya Soetoro-Ng, who as a child accompanied Dunham o [...]

    2. Andrew on said:

      It's a solid, attractive book of historical interest because it represents a significant part of what we know of the career of President Obama's mother. However, this is a dissertation edited for a book format. As such, it is not really for the general reader.On a related note, I published a column on Aug. 14, 2013 regarding a rare Washington-area lecture by Ann Dunham's only daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng. News coverage of her has been relatively modest. Therefore, I expanded the story to encompass [...]

    3. Rita on said:

      This sounds like a book I would like to read, given my years of editing books on Indonesian anthropology. Dunham [Obama's mother] apparently was very good at participant-observer style fieldwork.Based on a review, by Ian Buruma, of Scott's biography of Dunham in the NY Review, May 2011

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