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If you were inclined to judge a book by its cover you'd have to conclude that Barley is milking the comedic anthropologist thing for all its worth. And the first hundred pages of his first book well and truly lived up (or down) to that promise. He seemed hell bent there on incorporating some witty observation or absurd episode from his own life at the rate of one per paragraph. And then - mercifully - he found his voice amongst the many voices of the people he had come to study. It seemed that he was a lot better, and a lot more serious, anthropologist than he gave himself credit for. This latest book, 'Not a Hazardous Sport', is an immensely accessible account of the traditional and modern lifestyles of the people of the highlands of Sulawesi in Indonesia, More than anything, it is a story about a people in transition. It's also a story of an extraordinary accomplishment by Barley, bringing the culture of Sulawesi 'to life' in an exhibition in London. Which suggests that the neophyte of his first book is now someone who is at the top of his game. Barley's writing is energetic, informative, sympathetic and honest. This is not so much 'anthropology', as about the process of anthropology in the field, but the process is 'illustrated' with the experiences of living among the people he is studying - and by their voices. The reader find themselves immersed in those lives, but also comes to share Barley's fine sense of being 'on the outside looking in'. Through his reflections, and some of those comedic experiences, we appreciate that we can never fully understand cultures outside our own, and also that whatever we are able to understand is achieved not through our scientific methods, but rather by their generosity of these people sharing their lives and traditions with us. As I read Barley I am again reminded of Hugo Beach in Lapland, and Robyn Davidson in Rajasthan. By no means the best anthropology books, but some of the best books ever written about anthropology and what it is as an outsider to live inside someone else's culture. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Sulawesi, or Indonesia more generally. Readers of his earlier books won't be disappointed, nor indeed those who have seen his television series on the anthropology of the citizens of the United Kingdom. Anthropology students might find this enlightening, and anthropology professors will probably be appalled. What finer recommendation could you get than that?
Review: Not a Hazardous SportUser Review - Goodreads
I just love the way this author combines etnographic writing and travelogue. I think he manages to enlighten the reader about the peoples and cultures encountered without the need for adding theory - in fact his way might just be the better way to convey cultural insights.
Far Outliers: Not a Hazardous Sport
'Anthropology is not a hazardous sport.' I had always suspected that this was so but it was comforting to have it confirmed in black and white by a ...
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JSTOR: Prismatic Society Revisited: Theory and Educational ...
BARLEY, N. (1989) Not a Hazardous Sport (Harmondsworth, Penguin). BERGER, M. (1957) Bureaucracy and Society in Modern Egypt (Princeton, Princeton University ...
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L'Anthropologie n'est pas un sport dangereux : (Not a Hazardous Sport) par Nigel Barley Les aventure d'un anthropologue anglais en Indonésie, ...
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