May 26, 2020
The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut
Posted by Nigel Barley

Nigel Barley was a new anthropologist, one of the younger generation of academics whose learning and research had been acquired in institutes, research departments, from academic journals and university libraries But after suffering years of gentle put downs from leathery old field workers, their teeth permanently gritted from years of dealing with natives, he was determiNigel Barley was a new anthropologist, one of the younger generation of academics whose learning and research had been acquired in institutes, research departments, from academic journals and university libraries But after suffering years of gentle put downs from leathery old field workers, their teeth permanently gritted from years of dealing with natives, he was determined to gain his own experience The two years he spent among the Dowayo people in the Cameroon 1978 80 produced a comic masterpiece of travel writing, The Innocent Anthropologist, which remains as honest, as funny and as compelling a read as when it was first penned and a devastating critique of academics attempting to impose their rules and their order on West African life.

  • Title: The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut
  • Author: Nigel Barley
  • ISBN: 9780140095364
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut Nigel Sep , This item The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley Paperback . Only left in stock on the way Ships from and sold by . The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel The Innocent Anthropologist is not really a deep anthropological work but it does give an insight into the life of the Dowayo tribe of Cameroon Nigel Barley, a British anthropologist, makes a journey to Cameroon to study the rituals and lives of the Dowayos This makes for a humorous, entertaining, and informative narrative. The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut May , When British anthropologist Nigel Barley set up home among the Dowayo people in northern Cameroon, he knew how fieldwork should be conducted Unfortunately, nobody had told the The Innocent Anthropologist by Nigel Barley LibraryThing The two years he spent among the Dowayo people in the Cameroons produced a comic masterpiece of travel writing, The Innocent Anthropologist, which remains as honest, as funny and as compelling a read as when it was first penned and a devastating critique of academics attempting to impose their rules and their order on West African Waveland Press The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from Barley s The Innocent Anthropologist is in turns maddening, provocative, subtle, and complex I m convinced it s a good tool for uncovering students biases and preconceptions, both about anthropological fieldwork and about doctrinaire political correctness. The Innocent Anthropologist by Nigel Barley Vulpes Libris Sep , The Innocent Anthropologist is an entertaining and amusing tale about Nigel Barley s first experience of fieldwork when he goes out to West Africa to live with the Dowayo a little understood pagan tribe in the mountains of Northern Cameroon The Dowayo offered various advantages to the enthusiastic young anthropologist they were remote, had an PDF The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from Several An account of the author s securing from Kyrgyzstan customs a mail order from the United States. Nigel Barley anthropologist The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut Jul , Buy The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut by Barley, Nigel ISBN from s Book Store Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

    The Innocent Anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut Nigel Barley was a new anthropologist one of the younger generation of academics whose learning and research had been acquired in institutes research departments from academic journals and universi

    Jan-Maat

    A bizarrely and unexpectedly funny account of anthropological fieldwork in Cameroon Not that we get to laugh at the ceramics of another culture but rather the misadventures of Europeans in west Africa The author visits a pagan tribe in the back lands the Dowayo He finds a French speaking Christian who works as his translator disapproving naturally of the pagan ways of his fellow tribesmen but Nigel Barley s first problem is getting hold of a beer bottle at the time in Cameroon you could only buy [...]


    Tittirossa

    Un antropologo che guarda con occhio ironico e a volte decisamente comico e critico il proprio lavoro sul campo Con pieno rispetto e un pizzico di tenerezza del popolo che andato a studiare , scoprendo disagi e pregiudizi e senza negarli ipocritamente imparando a conviverci Decisamente esilaranti tutte le descrizioni delle peripezie burocratiche, mentre l occhio dello studioso fa capolino qua e l , discretamente, dimessamente.


    Daren

    If you enjoy this type of humour which I do, obviously , which I guess is a self deprecating British humour.Barley starts his book by ridiculing fieldwork, and academic life in general, while explaining that fieldwork is the natural progression from doctorates based on library research This, along with selecting a location, takes a chapter, and forms the basis for the full extent of the book.In selecting a location, Barley had narrowed it down to Portuguese Timor, until just as the academic side [...]


    Elena

    Nigel Barley se fue a Camer n y en un a o tuvo hepatitis, malaria y unos par sitos que ponen huevos bajo las u as, se tratan rebanando trozos de carne con una navaja y parecen bastante asquerosetes Perdi 18 kg y los dos dientes de delante Tambi n pas meses sin hablar con nadie en frases completas y se aburri normal Su vida sexual fue inexistente, por suerte porque sino seguramente habr a vuelto con gonorrea, clamidia y s filis No creo que hubiese sido capaz de resistirlo Resistirlo yo, quiero de [...]


    Paul Bryant

    Much has been written on the excellence of bats navigation equipment It is all false Tropical bats spend their entire time flying into obstacles with a horrible thudding noise They specialize in slamming into walls and falling, fluttering onto your face As my own piece of equipment essential for the field I would strongly recommend a tennis racket it is devastatingly effective in clearing a room of bats.


    Alesa

    This is an utterly hilarious account of an anthropologist going off into his first field assignment in Cameroon He has a wittiness that reminds me, oddly enough, of the way that Hugh Grant s characters often poke fun at themselves in movies It s totally British, totally honest, and utterly candid.I kept wanting to underline entire paragraphs, for going back and laughing at them again later Here are a few of my favorites Young anthropologists know all about missionaries before they ve met any The [...]


    nettebuecherkiste

    Als junger Ethnologe unterrichtet Nigel Barley an einer britischen Universit t, bis ihm ein Kollege die entscheidende Frage stellt Warum machst Du dann nicht Feldforschung Schlie lich sind die Feldforscher doch die Obergurus der Ethnologie Kaum ist die Entscheidung gef llt und das zu untersuchende Volk, die Dowayo im n rdlichen Kamerun, ausgew hlt, holt die B rokratie Barley wieder auf den Boden der Tatsachen und jegliche Ethnologenromantik ist schnell dahin Wie wird es ihm in Afrika ergehen Bei [...]


    Bill

    This is the most entertaining book I ve read all year And I spent my vacation reading P.G Wodehouse.This book is an anthropological monograph This is apparently an entire genre of literature, and this is the first one of them that I ve ever read The idea is that you go out to some third world village that nobody knows anything about, you live among the people, and then you come back and write about it.Barley comes at this from a bit of an angle First, he apparently was a theoretical anthropologi [...]


    Aellai

    Este es un libro que me sorprendi bastante Cuando mi profesor de M todos de etnograf a y dise o nos dijo que bamos a leer un libro de antropolog a yo me esperaba una lectura pesada, llena de datos y bastante tediosa Sin embargo, me encontr con una joya Nigel Barley, el autor de este libro, es un antrop logo ingl s que, cansado de su vida como maestro, decide pasar al trabajo de campo de la antropolog a y viajar a frica para estudiar por un a o a una peque a poblaci n ind gena que nadie conoce lo [...]


    César Lasso

    If you thought anthopology sounds like a boring subject, read this one and laugh out loud.Me pareci un fascinante y divertid simo estudio sobre el choque de culturas en este caso, la occidental y la de una primitiva tribu del Camer n sin prejuicios o la superioridad que cabe esperarse cuando escribe un occidental.


    Stephanie

    In the early 80s, a British anthropologists finds himself in the middle of nowhere Africa, in the small town of Poli, Cameroon in order to study the Dowayo tribe Twenty four years later, a California Peace Corps volunteer yours truly finds herself in the same town What has changed Not much Still one dirt road Still pervasive corruption Still intense frustration Still intense happiness and belonging.This book and its companion Ceremony were left in my mud hut but I had luckily had some modern ame [...]


    Cristina

    Las aventuras y desventuras de Nigel Barley han sido un maravilloso descubrimiento Quiz s no tan divertidas como las imaginaba por la sinopsis, pero sin duda informativas, entretenidas y muy recomendables Supongo que ahora pasar horas y horas googleando a los dowayos y a los fulani Por saber, que no quede.


    Phoenix2

    Read this one as a course textbook for my athropology class And though it was good, I can t say it s for everyone It was funny and quick paced and you can get a good insight of an anthropological research.


    L-ssar

    Cuenta las peripecias del autor durante su primer trabajo de campo entre los dowayo de Camer n Similar al estilo de Gerald Durrell pero en Antropolog a.


    Alex Sarll

    The sort of expos which either makes or breaks your career, and fortunately made Barley s He set out to write a book containing all the stuff other anthropologists left out, and which he wished he d known ahead of his first fairly disastrous attempt at fieldwork among the Dowayo of Cameroon He ended up with something that s full of laughs for the general reader a sort of non fiction Evelyn Waugh, minus the spite And indeed, it s hard at times to remember this was written in the eighties rather t [...]


    María

    Miren no han acabado los ex menes pero como no ten a nada mejor que hacer mentira me lo he acabado y me ha gustado mucho, me he re do bastante y la verdad es que se me ha hecho una lectura amena, que no suele ocurrir con las lecturas obligatorias.


    Jose Carlos

    LA ANTROPOLOG A NO SE MEREC A ESTOMal libro este para aproximarse por vez primera a la antropolog a Y un flaco favor que le hace el pr logo de Alberto Card n, del cual podemos inferir que nos encontramos ante una obra magna que a na investigaci n y diversi n, ciencia y sentido del humor puesto que, nos dice, pocas veces se habr n visto reunidos, en un libro de antropolog a, un c mulo tal de situaciones divertidas, referidas con inimitable humor y gracia, y una competencia etnogr fica tan afinada [...]


    Andrea

    Nigel Barley isn t sure he wants to do actual fieldwork as an anthropologist, but since it seems to be expected, and he s got nothing else particularly interesting to do, he goes to Africa to study the culture of the Dawayo people The book is a mixture of memoir, cultural observation and self deprecating humor Barley lays bare the fairly selfish and sometimes wrong headed motivations of anthropologists from the beginning of the book, but his fieldwork is clearly thorough and complete The book is [...]


    Simon Hollway

    The Noel Coward of anthropology produces a Whitehall farce that should be packaged as an obligatory companion piece to anything and everything by Claude Levi Strauss.


    Samue l

    Sal del despacho dando trapi s, mareado de incredulidad As debi de sentirse Mois s cuando Dios le entreg las tablas.


    Bob Newman

    Barley avoids sowing any oatsDoing field work is, as the author suggests early on, a kind of rite of passage for would be anthropologists Not only is it the way to know a particular place and culture in depth, but it helps you to understand how all those other works lining the shelves of college libraries were brought to fruition But, let s face it, by 1978, when Nigel Barley set off for field work in Cameroon, the pattern of going off to some remote tribe or isolated people and trying to re con [...]


    Ignacio Izquierdo

    Nigel Barley se march a Africa a trabajar en su primera experiencia de campo como antrop logo conviviendo con una tribu en Camer n Entre los dowayos se suceden venturas, desventuras, situaciones hilarantes y absurdas que van creando un retrato no solo de la tribu sino tambi n de Camer n y m s delgadamente de frica Hay humor, frustraci n, incomprensi n pero nunca desde una mirada condescendiente, si no siempre desde el intento de entender ese mundo tan alejando del nuestro Es simplemente delicios [...]


    Joaquín Borrell

    Recoge los apuntes sobre un trabajo de campo en la tierra de los dagoyo, una tribu monta esa del Camer n capaz de destruir todos los mitos sobre el buen salvaje seg n observa el autor, en cuesti n de huellas son capaces de distinguir las de un humano de una motocicleta El objetivo inicial era la Guinea que fue espa ola, pero fue variado al saber que el dictador local iba a iniciar una campa a contra la oposici n, entendida en sentido amplio No s si estimular el turismo hacia Camer n al autor le [...]


    Marika Cowley

    Hands down one of the best books I ve ever read Although Cameroon is far from where I grew up in Southern Africa, many of the truths hold and I found myself laughing aloud on multiple occasions His descriptions of Africa and the Duwayo culture are superb, the writing flawless I absolutely adored this book and recommend it to anyone who has spent time in Africa.


    Nora Cayetano

    En un inicio hab a abandonado este libro porque no soy fan del humor basado en atormentar a un solo personaje Pero me forc a volver a retomar la lectura y no est mal Comenc a disfrutarlo m s por all del quinto o sexto cap tulo en que, ya instalado en frica, el antrop logo comienza a narrar los usos y costumbres de su nuevo entorno En ese punto, me descubr riendo y sonriendo de verdad No considero que sea el libro m s gracioso de todos los tiempos, pero tampoco es una p rdida completa de tiempo M [...]


    Christian

    Awesome book Everyone should read this before immersing oneself into a foreign culture.


    Jessica Cornett Allen

    Awesome Hilarious Great, realistic and self aware perspective about academic anthropology and field work in Cameroon, and so recognizably Cameroon


    Laura Baiges

    Very amusing piece of work As a physical anthropologist myself going to Eastern Africa this summer I found it particularly special.


    Mad

    Hilarious account of anthropologist Nigel Barley s 18 months with the deeply peculiar Dowayo tribe in Cameroon A classic.


    Alex Belisario

    Amazing book, even for someone with outside interest in the field Had me in stitches laughing the whole time Loved it.



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