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According to Duke University Press, a book based on a dissertation by the president's late mother, Ann Dunham, is set to be published later this year.

"Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia," co-authored by sociologists Alice G. Dewey and Nancy I. Cooper, is a revised version of a dissertation Dunham completed in the early 1990s. The book focuses on Dunham's 14-year history studying the metalworking industries in Kajar, in Indonesia's province of Java.

"It is a great privilege to be publishing this remarkable work by Ann Dunham," Ken Wissoker, editor of Duke University Press, said in a statement last month. "Her global perspective and obvious respect for other people's intelligence and self-direction is a model we can all learn from. Her children clearly have!"

The "children" that Wissoker refers to are none other than Maya Soetoro-Ng and President Obama, who was raised in Indonesia from the age of 7 to 10 years old.

It was Soetoro-Ng who approached Dewey and Cooper about the project. At Soetoro-Ng's request, the two women completed the book as a tribute to Dunham. Dewey was Dunham's graduate adviser at the University of Manoa in Hawaii during the time the dissertation was published.

"I'm delighted that our mother's book is getting published," Soetoro-Ng said. "My hope is that this book will be read by those who come to love the particularities of its world and who also see the myriad potential application of its ideas and methods to other worlds."

Dunham briefly returned to Hawaii in the mid-1970s, only to return to Indonesia in 1977. She stayed there for 14 years until her return to Hawaii in 1990 to complete the dissertation. It was published in 1992.

Dunham died in 1994.