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Living on Thin Ice

The Gwich'in Natives of Alaska

Steven C. Dinero

220 pages, 30 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-161-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (July 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78920-834-4 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (May 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78533-162-6 eBook

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“The book is an excellent presentation of multidisciplinary methods focused steadily on the people and on their perceptions of what is going on. Most interesting for the future is that the internet may be the way to keep members of the Gwich’in diaspora connected to the village and their ‘Gwich’inness’…Highly Recommended. .All academic levels/libraries.” • Choice

“This engaging monograph is a tightly written, balanced, and timely narrative about the indigenous people of Arctic Village, Alaska (pop. less than 300), and some of the nearby relatedeight communities in northern Alaska, plus an associated community across the border in Canada…I recommend this book for a broad range of general readers and university students interested in anthropology, human geography, world systems, rural sociology, indigenous studies, Arctic societies, and environmental studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)


The Gwich’in Natives of Arctic Village, Alaska, have experienced intense social and economic changes for more than a century. In the late 20th century, new transportation and communication technologies introduced radically new value systems; while some of these changes may be seen as socially beneficial, others suggest a weakening of what was once a strong and vibrant Native community. Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered since the turn of the millennium, this volume offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of the developments that have occurred in the community over the past several decades.

Steven C. Dinero is the former Carter and Fran Pierce Term Chair for the Liberal Arts at Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania. His research addresses the social and economic concerns related to the settlement of formerly nomadic populations.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Development StudiesUrban Studies
Area: North AmericaCircumpolar


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