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Overwhelming Terror: Love, Fear, Peace and Violence Among Semai

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Book Description:

“Overwhelming Terror, the product of four decades of research among Semai, demonstrates that Semai ways of life are not something rare and strange, but a continuation of the ways of successful ancient egalitarian societies.

Cultural anthropology should be the study in depth of human beings and the application of that knowledge to a deeper understanding of one’s own beliefs and practices.

Robert Knox Dentan, applying lessons learned among Semai to contemporary American problems, succeeds admirably in a way that makes one proud to be an anthropologist. Overwhelming Terror was written by a man of perceptive mind and loving heart.” —Carol Laderman, City College–CUNY

This powerful ethnography of a people believed to be the least violent in the world explores how they maintain peaceful relations even under the most dire circumstances. Robert Knox Dentan, the world’s foremost scholar of Semai, brings its members vividly to life. His book includes translations of their poetry, dramatized accounts of particular events, and narratives in their own words. Throughout, the author highlights the mechanisms and costs of peace, underscoring their relevance to everyday life in all societies. Students and scholars of peace studies, conflict resolution, ethnography, and Southeast Asia will find this unique work an invaluable and compelling study.

Robert Knox Dentan received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University in the lower Paleolithic. Most of his ethnographic work has been with Semai, with whom he lived off and on for several years since 1962.

The remarkable peacefulness of their daily routine has given him by association a reputation of expertise on nonviolence and, thus, of expertise on violence. Go figure. He is emeritus professor at the State University of New York, where he retains an e-mail address, His two best-known books are The Semai: A Nonviolent People of Malaya (2nd ed., 1979) and Malaysia and the Original People: A Case Study of the Impact of Development on Indigenous Peoples (with Kirk Michael Endicott, Alberto G. Gomes, and M. Barry Hooker, 1997).

Book Detail:

ISBN: 9789833782703
Author: Robert Knox Dentan
Publisher: SIRD
Year: 2009
No of Pages: 277
Price: MYR 38.00 (excluding postage cost)

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