El antropólogo inocente has ratings and reviews. Elena said: Nigel Barley se fue a Camerún y en un año tuvo hepatitis, malaria y unos parásitos. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , María Pía Poblete S. and others published Nigel Barley: El Antropólogo Inocente }. Nigel Barley moved into a mud hut with the intention of studying the customs and beliefs of the Dowayo people. He had not counted on the evasive nature of.
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No creo que hubiese sido capaz de resistirlo. Resistirlo yo, quiero decir, porque ya estaba en plan: Entre ellos y nosotros hay un par de diferencias culturales: Por ejemplo, Barley descubre un nido de escorpiones en su inocentd y sale chillando y agitando los brazos en dowayo aproximativo “bestias de fuego, bestias de fuego! Probablemente la siguiente palabra que pronuncia es pardillo en dowayo, pero nunca lo sabremos. 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: Es una historia real, cruda es incluso algo escalofriante si llegamos a pensar en como viven estas personas. Defintivamente te hace ver el mundo desde otra perspectiva. Wie wird es ihm in Afrika ergehen? Etwa bei der Schilderung seines Abschieds von den Dorfbewohnern: Es sind jedoch wirklich nur ganz wenige Vorkommnisse, die man verschmerzen kann.
Las aventuras y desventuras de Nigel Barley han sido un maravilloso descubrimiento. Por saber, que no quede. Tongue firmly in cheek, the author writes of an anthropological foray into the depths of Cameroon. Great because he manages to simultaneously a take nobody, including himself, too seriously, b convey a ton of ethnographic information, and c be funny. Although I expect he could have included more detailed information by maintaining an academic tone and avoiding tales of his own exploits and mishaps, this is much more accessible for its chatty—and rather Britishly fatalistic—tone.
Barley avoids sowing any oats Doing 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, bywhen 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- Barley avoids sowing any oats Doing field work is, as the author suggests early on, a kind of rite of passage for would-be anthropologists.
But, let’s face it, bywhen 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-construct” their whole culture for the edification of readers and Ph.
Lots of people went to urban or agricultural societies, did research on less all-encompassing subjects and still turned up with interesting results.
What I mean is that Barley did not have to undergo the difficulties that he did; he could have chosen a less-rigorous location or topic.
It wasn’t necessary to seek out the Dowayo in northern Cameroon. But, OK, he did choose them. More power to him, sure, but then why complain about it? I felt very irritated at the beginning of his book. Once he gets through the urban bureaucracy, though, I liked the way he honestly sets out the basic problem of field workyou aren’t sure what you are doing, you aren’t sure where you need to go next, and you wonder if anything you’re doing is meaningful.
You have to sort out good informants from bad, misleading information and wrong information from good. And in trying physical conditions, when people have absolutely no idea about what you are doing, it’s bwrley more difficult.
Insects, bad or weird foods, illness, transport problems, heat, dee of sex But in that case, you won’t write a very readable book. At last, after a long time away, you have to re-enter your own culture with a vastly interesting experience behind you which almost no one wants to hear about.
In turn, their concerns may seem extremely small and prosaic to you. If you would like to read an honest and sometimes amusing account of doing field work, you could do far worse than get hold of this book.
Interesting and fun to read. Enlighting about life in West Africa as well as about the cultural and personal shock the westerner feels when living among West Africans. Very amusing piece of work. As a physical anthropologist myself going to Eastern Africa this summer I found it particularly special. Hilarious account of anthropologist Nigel Barley’s 18 months anrtopologo the deeply peculiar Dowayo tribe in Cameroon. Each chapter contains 3 anecdotes. My graduate school mentor gave me this book years ago after she read it, and I’m upset it took me this long to read it!
The book is an ethnography written varley the general public. The author, Nigel Barley, is a British anthropologist who decides that in order to have true anthropology street cred, he needs to do some fieldwork. He settles on spending 18 months with the Dowayo of Cameroon in western Africa. Anyone who has spent any kind of time dealing with the bureaucracy of visas and internation My graduate school mentor gave me this book years ago after she read it, and I’m upset it took me this long to read it!
El antropólogo inocente
Anyone who has spent any kind of time dealing with the bureaucracy of visas and international research or who has tried to make sincere sense of a foreign culture will recognize Barley’s frustration a frustration he portrays in a hilarious simplicity. People who have been certain that they possess advanced knowledge because of their correct, advanced culture only to have that certainty shaken will recognize Barley’s bewilderment when things take place that support Dowayo culture or what most Westerners would call Dowayo superstition rather than Western culture for example, when a local rainchief is successful at making it rain on command Other researchers will rejoice in and understand Barley’s excitement and near giddiness at his scientific breakthroughs.
Anyone who has laid in an uncomfortable bed in a hut in a strange country wondering if they’ll survive the next bout of diarrhea and vomiting will recognize Barley’s misery as a result of local food and medical treatments. Finally, anyone interested in learning about another culture and open-minded enough to entertain the thought that they might not have a monopoly on the best way to live will like this book as much as I did.
A nice little ethnography of the Dowayo people of western Africa written by a very dryly hilarious Brit. Since most of ethnography is confusion, frustration, illness and loneliness, this is very entertaining. This, A nice little ethnography of the Dowayo people of western Africa written by a very dryly hilarious Brit. This, also, was not a success.
Some I bought, some were given to me. Dowayo chickens, on the whole, are scrawny, wretched things; eating them is rather like eating an Airfix model of a Tiger Moth. They responded to treatment, however. I fed them on rice and oatmeal, which Dowayos who never feed them at all found a huge extravagance. One day, they began to lay.
I had fantasies of being able to eat an egg every day. Desde el, mal llamado, primer mundo, nos hemos acostumbrado a ver todo bajo un prisma, pero ese no es el problema, seguramente lo peor es que no admitimos que hay otras maneras de ver las cosas, ni mejores ni peores, simplemente distintas. A humorous yet touching account of the trials and tribulations of an anthropologist’s first time in the “bush. An enjoyable and informative recollection of ethnography and all that can – and – will go wrong as well as the appreciation of what the West is against the backdrop of what the A humorous yet touching account of the trials and tribulations of an anthropologist’s first time in the “bush.
El antropólogo inocente by Nigel Barley (2 star ratings)
An enjoyable and informative antropoloho of ethnography and all that can – and – will go wrong as well as the appreciation of what the West is against the backdrop of what the Third World is. Truly an enjoyable read and I look forward to Nigel Barley’s other writings Il finira par comprendre que l’objet d’observation, en fait, c’est lui.
It loved his dry British humor, his mockery of his own profession, and the endless stories which seem universally African. I have experienced many of his African village moments, but could never put it to words in the same humorous way. Will definitely pull this book out again for stress relief, especially on rough African days This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Gives a great impression of what field work for an ethnographer in the ‘s? And it is extremely funny. At times I was unsure if I find the descriptions of Barley’s life in Cameroon racist or at least stereotyping.
But I came to the conclusion that they are not, because he applies antropoligo same kind of irony to Europeans and Africans alike. Argomento scientifico-antropologico ma taglio da diario di viaggio, assolutamente esilarante per lo spirito ironico molto britannico e le assurde differenze culturali iinocente separano ve fuori dal tempo dall’indaffarata Europa.
Given that I had to read it for class – so it’s not a book ee I would have bought on my own will, it did surprise me how much I liked it. Mainly because of how much it made me think about my own environment. Absolutely lovely, funny, even addictive. Of course doing fieldwork comes with amazingly uncomfortable experiences, and the narrator treats them humorously. It’s such a great book to get you fall in love with ioncente. Surprisingly funny, interesting and an easy read.
I’ve never really known much about anthropology, but I respect the profession a lot more after reading this memoir.