Countries and Their Cultures, Volume 4: Saint Kitts - by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

By Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

Just like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of global Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume nations and Their Cultures is predicated at the selection of ethnographic info often called the Human kinfolk quarter documents dependent at Yale college. not like global Cultures, that's geared up via tradition, the recent paintings is geared up through kingdom. This work's power is that readers who comprehend little or no a couple of nation can quick receive an exceptional orientation to the main concerns, historical past, and social constitution of a country. The 225 entries are among ten and 20 pages lengthy and browse like a go among a well-written encyclopedia article, a trip consultant, and a social technological know-how essay. they supply a very good basic assessment of a rustic with no drastically oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have a similar constitution, with sections on geography, background, demography, languages, foodstuff, economic climate, etiquette, politics, family members, faith, and humanities and arts. A country's measure of cultural cohesion in addition to its cultural diversifications are defined within the sections on nationwide identification, ethnic relatives, and social stratification. each one access has a map with a nearby insert, black-and-white images, and a bibliography of modern scholarly books. advised specially for libraries that don't personal Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures. Marc Meola, Coll. of recent Jersey Lib., Ewing

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Since neither lands nor titles can be formally transmitted without the consent of the kin group, the only property that can be assigned is personal property. Many residents die intestate and with little personal property. With increasing personal wealth, 1911 SAMOA provision for the formal disposition of wealth may assume greater importance. This is not a foreign concept, since matai have traditionally made their wishes known before death in a form of will known as a mavaega. The Public Trust Office and legal practitioners handle the administration of estates.

A ministerial system is in place whereby a professional civil service is answerable to a Minister of Government, usually an elected member of the House. Leadership and Political Officials. Control of the government has shifted between two parties during the last half of the twentieth century. The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), formed out of the trade union movement in 1947, controlled the first elected government after 1951. The United Workers Party (UWP) succeeded them in 1964 after its inauguration earlier that year.

Until 1997, the western islands were known as Western Samoa or Samoa I Sisifo to distinguish them from the nearby group known as American Samoa or Amerika Samoa. The distinction was necessitated by the partitioning of the archipelago in 1899. All Samoans adhere to a set of core social values and practices known as fa’a Samoa and speak the Samoan language. The official name today is Samoa. Linguistic Affiliation. Samoan belongs to a group of Austronesian languages spoken throughout Polynesia. It has a chiefly or polite variant used in elite communication and a colloquial form used in daily communication.

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