This book is the result of the author’s six years work in South Sudan where he functioned as both a medical doctor and an anthropologist. The main aim of this book is to engage the reader in a dialogue with the Dinka Agaar tribe within a world where their lives and stories tell what needs telling. For this reason, stories told by the Dinka, with little editing is found early in this book, rather than later as presented in traditional ethnographies. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of Dinka society and life that will be of interest to students and experts of social sciences as well as anyone interested in the everyday life in South Sudan.
At the Centre of the World offers 13 chapters, which provide a detailed and insightful observations to the realities of South Sudan and the Dinka’s everyday life. Chapter 1 offers 14 stories told by the Dinka, recorded and presented by the author with little editing, therefore the reader can experience their unique narrative techniques. Chapters 2 and 3 give a concise account of the South Sudan’s political history—as early as the Pharaonic Kingdoms to the South’s independence of 2011. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 offer a detailed analysis of Dinka’s social relations and interactions and the South Sudanese kinship. Chapters 7 and 8 discuss theoretical issues of actor–network theory, and the effects of these towards the creation of the Dinka’s myth in the West. Chapter 9 discuss the possible rigour of ‘cultural survival’ as a theoretical approach. Chapter 10 offers an extensive discussion regarding the topic of torture, and how this human rights violation is been view by both socio-anthropological theory and social practice in South Sudan. Chapters 11 and 12 offer an analysis and presentation of the cause and effects of the inter-tribal and extra-tribal conflict in South Sudan. Finally the book includes a map of South Sudan, and a selection of pictures taken by the author throughout his presence in South Sudan. The book also includes a full bibliography, a glossary of Dinka’s terms, and an index.
Each chapter constitutes a noteworthy published contribution of ethnographical research, which since their first publication in 2011, have been considerably revised by the author to be presented in this 2019 book with important and insightful additions. In addition to the reader’s interest on ethnographies of the Global South, this book offers an innovative analytical approach to an important subject.
Few words about the author:
Jeffery L. DEAL (MD, FACS, MA, FRSTMH, DTMH), is the author of four novels and an anthropology book on South Sudan, Dr. Deal recently retired from his position as Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International and presently serves as Senior Fellow in Public Health for the College of Charleston as well as the Department of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a member of the London International Development Centre, a Fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He holds Board Certification in Tropical Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery in the US. He is also a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology, and surgery. When not working in the field, he lives in Charleston, South Carolina. His patented robot, Tru-D, is being used around the world and in the US to reduce hospital acquired infections.
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