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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 that the reader should first feel engaged in the dialogue with the Dinka Agaar 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, earlier than the form which traditional ethnographies would otherwise take. Most of the theory is concentrated within sections that will be of special interest to students of anthropology and sociology. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of Dinka society and life that will be of interest to students of a variety of social sciences and each topic should lead one deeper into an understanding of life in South Sudan.
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This is my second edition of A Land at the Centre of the World. This work has had some very gratifying reviews and comments from a host of interested professional and laymen. South Sudan has a long road ahead in achieving lasting peace and prosperity. I hope this work will enlighten those who want to help.About the Author:
Dr. Deal is a medical anthropologist, physician, and researcher presently serving as Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International. He has worked and taught in many areas of Africa and Central America. His present research is in the area of water and sanitation.His other works include the fiction works:The Mark, a novel of Dinka in the time of war.ToccoaTime DriveThe Second Coming.
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