In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin Turnbull

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2001 - Social Science - 375 pages
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Colin Turnbull made a name for himself with The Forest People, his acclaimed study of African Pygmies. His second book, however, The Mountain People, ignited a swirl of controversy within anthropology and tainted Turnbull's reputation as a respected anthropologist.

In this scrupulously researched biography, Roy Richard Grinker charts the rise and fall of this colorful and controversial man—from his Scottish family and British education to travels in Africa and his great love affair with Joe Towles. Grinker, noted for his own work on the Pygmies, herein gives readers a fascinating account of Turnbull's life and work.

Originally published by St. Martin's Press

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In the arms of Africa: the life of Colin M. Turnbull

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Grinker's portrait is at once a love story, a psychological profile, and a scientific biography of the controversial Scottish American anthropologist. Turnbull was both credited with doing landmark ... Read full review

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A very good biography about a complicated man. Personally, I would have preferred more about his professional life and less about his love affair with his partner Joseph, but that's just me and doesn't alter the quality of the research and the writing. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Roy Richard Grinker is a professor of anthropology at The George Washington University, a position once held by Colin Turnbull. He is the author of Houses in the Rainforest: Ethnicity and Inequality among Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa; Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation; and Korea and its Futures.

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