Fredrik Barth

Fredrik Barth : An Intellectual Biography

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Fredrik Barth is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century anthropology. This intellectual history traces the development of Barth's ideas and explores the substance of his contributions. In an accessible style, Thomas Hylland Eriksen's biographical study reveals the magic of ethnography to professional anthropologists and non-practitioners alike. Exploring his six decade career, it follows Barth from early ecological studies in Pakistan, to political studies in Iran, to groundbreaking fieldwork in Norway, New Guinea, Bali and Bhutan. Eriksen argues that Barth's voracious appetite for fieldwork holds the key to understanding his remarkable intellectual development and the insights it produced. The book raises many of the same questions that emerge from Barth's own work - of unity and diversity, of culture and relativism, of art and more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 133.35 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335365
  • 9780745335360

About Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and currently President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, Small Places, Large Issues, Tyranny of the Moment, What is Anthropology? and Fredrik Barth, all available from Pluto more

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'Fredrik Barth was an extraordinary ethnographer who did path-breaking fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Indonesia and New Guinea. This book tells Barth's story with sympathy, insight and great verve' -- Adam Kuper, Centennial Professor, London School of Economicsshow more

Table of contents

Preface Part I: A man of action 1. Watching and wandering 2. The power and the glory 3. Nomadic freedom 4. Entrepreneurship 5. The global theorist 6. Ethnic groups and boundaries Part II: An anthropology of knowledge 7. Baktaman vibrations 8. A new complexity 9. Turbulent times 10. Cultural complexity 11. The guru and the conjurer 12. Between art and science Fredrik Barth's published work Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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