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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Note: This book was originally published as Not a Hazardous Sport. 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 Dowayo. His compulsive, witty account of first fieldwork offers a wonderfully inspiring introduction to the real life of a cultural Note: This book was originally published as Not a Hazardous Sport.
His compulsive, witty account of first fieldwork offers a wonderfully inspiring introduction to the real life of a cultural anthropologist doing research in a Third World area.
Both touching and hilarious, Barley's unconventional story—in which he survived boredom, hostility, disaster, and illness—addresses many critical issues in anthropology and in fieldwork.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by Waveland Press first published More Details Original Title. The Innocent Anthropologist 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Innocent Anthropologist , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Innocent Anthropologist. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order.
Dec 31, Petra-X rated it really liked it Shelves: popculture-anthropology , read , reviewed , travel-adventure-countries , reviews , biography-true-story. Update: I had a drink last week with a real live Prince.
He was a nurse-anaethetist with an unusual accent. I asked him where he was from and he said the Cameroons, so I said, "Manu Dibango" and he said, how do you know of him? I was a world music journalist. So that got us off on the good foot. He was the son of a hereditary chief turned diplomat and my friend had grown up all over the French-speaking world. I turned down a second date, but if he'd asked me to marry him, I would have, just th Update: I had a drink last week with a real live Prince.
I turned down a second date, but if he'd asked me to marry him, I would have, just think, Princess Petra! Me and Meghan could get to be best friends!
The author has a very British self-deprecating type of humour where he is always having issues, either as unwitting victim or of his own making and is never the hero and never proud of his major accomplishments only very minor ones then you will enjoy this.
The author very much enjoyed his field work time in Cameroon and communicates this well to the reader, along with the occasional, illuminating flash of insight. Apropos of nothing, Manu Dibango, the world's greatest sax player comes from Cameroon.
If you never listen to anything else by him, listen to Soul Makossa. View all 28 comments. 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 A bizarrely and unexpectedly funny account of anthropological fieldwork in Cameroon. 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 a bottle of beer if you had a bottle to give to the seller.
The Dowayo villagers are charmed to have a visitor, but insist on building him a rectangular hut rather than a round one since after all he isn't one of them, and unlike themselves he is considered to be naturally witch-proof. What comes to the fore is not so much the research but the accidents that occur.
It turns out that monkeys find the author attractive. On a visit to town, one escapes from the zoo, throws its arms around his neck and refuses to let go obliging Barley to cradle the monkey like his own baby to keep it quiet, as it happens this occurs while he is at the cinema with a friend, at the cinema the monkey instigates a mass food fight, much to the amusement of many of the cinema goers.
Later his false teeth are broken and an attempt to effect a temporary repair involving glue and a hair-dryer causes them to turn green while a nearby missionary installs a solar panel to power a giant light bulb whose glowing light has the effect of attracting bats.
Despite all this he returns to the Dowayo on another occasion in the hope of finding out more about the circumcision ceremony that Dowayo boys undergo in order to be recognised as adults in the community, and what happens then is described in A Plague of Caterpillars. View all 16 comments. I am not racist, but Is one of the most common entries to white supremacy bullshit. However, after much toil and stress Nigel Barley seems to realize that the lifestyle of the Dowayos, in some aspects, were pretty stress free compared to your average daily life in Western Europe.
I not too big a fan of this specific kind of anthro I am not racist, but I not too big a fan of this specific kind of anthropology. You pick a place, as far removed from yourself as possible and aim at deconstructing a culture.
Call me ignorant, I simply do not see the purpose. What at first hand seems rather peculiar to a Western eye, does have an inner logic you just fail to understand. It is all about seeing a context and admit that you are trespassing into a cultural framework much different from your own. Such a thing is exotic, exiting, sellable. All to put a feather more into your academic headgear. Not that the book is not well written and will make you chuckle at times and I recall familiar experiences from my travels in Eastern Africa.
View all 4 comments. Feb 03, Kavita rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , travel , cameroon , anthropology. It's been a while since I read a really fun book. 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. It is the s and Cameroon is entrenched in a bureaucratic administrative system. Barley exploits it to its full farcical It's been a while since I read a really fun book.
Barley exploits it to its full farcical value, which makes for most of the chuckles in the book. His encounters with the Dowayos, the misunderstandings between them, and Barley's preconceived assumptions about life in Africa are all presented in a funny manner. The book, despite being insanely funny, depicts Dowayo life with its full, rich tapestry of rituals, beliefs, interactions, and customs. I enjoyed learning about this hitherto unknown tribe for me , which only makes up a very small percentage of Cameroon, dominated by the larger and more powerful Fulani tribe.
The Dowayos themselves have developed an inferiority complex and often portray themselves as Fulani in order to be taken seriously. Barley's style is light and it is easy to finish the book. In no way is this a heavy read but I liked that I got to learn something while enjoying the humorous writing.
It is also interesting to note that this Cameroon trip and the study of Dowayos actually made Barley's career and turned upside down the previously held convictions of Western anthropologists on this subject. Maybe we need to send Barley back for another installment! View 2 comments. 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 If you enjoy this type of humour which I do, obviously , which I guess is a self deprecating British humour.
In selecting a location, Barley had narrowed it down to Portuguese Timor, until just as the academic side of things were getting underway, a civil war broke out. Casting around again, he settled on a little known group of mountain pagans in Northern Cameroon - the Dowayos.
A few minor references from French colonial administrators, and some missionary contact established that they were interesting: "skull cults, circumcision, a whistle language, mummies and a reputation for being recalcitrant and savage.
The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut
El autor, doctorado en antropologia en Oxford, se dedico durante un par de anos al estudio de una tribu poco conocida del Camerun, lo que constituyo su primera experiencia en el trabajo de campo, y casi la ultima. Nigel Barley se instalo en una choza de barro con la intencion de investigar las costumbres y creencias del pueblo dowayo. Conocia la teoria del trabajo de campo, pero, como descubrio enseguida, esta no tomaba en consideracion la escurridiza naturaleza de la sociedad dowayo, que se resistia a amoldarse a norma alguna. En esta cronica del primer ano que paso en Africa, Nigel Barley tras sobrevivir al aburrimiento y a desastres, enfermedades y hostilidades varias nos ofrece una introduccion decididamente irreverente a la vida de un antropologo social.
El Antropologo Inocente
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El Antropólogo Inocente by Nigel Barley (Trade Paper)
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