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Indigenous and Ethnic Empowerment
Parity, Equity and Strategy

ISBN 9780367732783
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

Indigenous, ethnic and rural peoples throughout the world struggle to effectively deal with the challenges triggered by outside economic and social intervention. This book presents business methods in a manner that reflects the needs, desires and priorities of indigenous peoples and provides the tools communities need to envision and deal with the full impact of social and economic intervention. In particular, the book helps local leaders and their advocates to better understand the full implications of the choices before them and develop skills to articulate and deal with local goals, needs, and priorities.

The book is distinctive because it helps people embrace opportunities and change on their own terms. As a result, leaders and their advocates will be better able to evaluate and respond to opportunities in an informed and systematic manner. Various business disciplines (such as accounting, finance, human resource management, organizational theory, and marketing) are discussed in ways that help the reader to envision both mainstream perspectives and the distinctive issues faced by ethnic enclaves.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures


Forward and Summary--------------------------------------------------

Chapter 1:Culture, Development and Economics--------------------------

Negotiating and Resolving Conflict:

Chapter 2: Negotiating with the Mainstream World---------------------------------

Chapter 3: Remedies for Conflict------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 4: Creating an Atmosphere of Empowerment----------------------------

Part 3: Commonly Used Tools

Chapter 5: Strategic Thought---------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 6: Organizational Concerns--------------------------------------------------

Chapter 7: Motivation------------------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 8: Accounting and Oher Tools of Evaluation----------------------------

Part 4: Providing Service

Chapter 9: Internal Service-----------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 10: External Service-----------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 11: Vulnerabilities and Reponses--------------------------------------------


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Alf Walle is a specialist in indigenous economic development and is a former professor of tribal management who worked with Alaska Natives above the Arctic Circle. In addition, he has extensive experience in Central America and in Asia. He is currently providing consulting services. His website is


"Alf Walle, a well-known applied anthropologist, provides a clear-eyed, searching analysis of the complex issues related with indigenous, ethnic, and rural peoples all over the world fight to effectively solve the problems caused by outside economic and social intervention. A fascinating and accessible book, which is a signal achievement that is sure to raise the level of discussion with the discipline and become essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of indigenous, ethnic, and rural peoples, as well as the future of applied anthropology."

Robert Guang Tian, Professor and Dean of Applied Anthropology Institute, Jishou University, PRC

"Alfe Walle essentially provides a handbook for reducing the distance between organizations engaged economic and social development and those populations—rural enclaves, ethnic minorities, indigenous people, distinctive cultural groups—who may not share the same understandings, values and goals of such development. Walle’s goal, the meaningful participation of affected communities in development, and their equitable sharing of benefits, is both rational and humane. His work covers methods of encounter, ways of working together, means of conflict resolution, strategy assessment, and evaluation and uses a wide array of examples from the United States and around the globe. In a world experiencing increasing globalization and its discontents and challenges to universal views of development, Walle’s work is a welcome guide that can help theoreticians and practitioners—and community leaders, members and advocates do their work in a more self-conscious, better way."

Richard Kurin, Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador at Large, Smithsonian Institution, USA

"I am delighted to endorse Alf Walle’s book titled Indigenous and Ethnic Empowerment. This books aim is to provide theoretical and applied knowledge for indigenous, et