Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography (Anthropology, Culture & Society) (Hardcover)

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Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography (Anthropology, Culture & Society) (Hardcover)

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Fredrik Barth, editor of the influential Ethnic Groups and Boundaries, is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century anthropology. In this accessible but penetrating intellectual biography, Thomas Hylland Eriksen explores Barth’s six-decade career, following Barth from his early ecological studies in Pakistan to political studies in Iran, to groundbreaking fieldwork in Norway, New Guinea, Bali, and Bhutan. Along the way, Eriksen raises many of the questions that emerge from Barth’s own work: questions of unity and diversity, of culture and relativism, and of art and science. This will surely be the definitive biography of Barth for many years to come.
Derek Wall is the author of six books including The Rise of the Green Left (Pluto 2010), The Sustainable Economics of Elinor Ostrom (Routledge 2014) and, with Penny Kemp, A Green Manifesto for the 1990s (Penguin, 1990). He teaches Political Economy at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales.
Product Details ISBN: 9780745335360
ISBN-10: 0745335365
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Anthropology, Culture & Society
“Fredrik Barth was an extraordinary ethnographer who did path-breaking fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Indonesia, and New Guinea. He was also an original and influential theorist, working often against the grain of disciplinary orthodoxies. Thomas Hylland Eriksen, a friend and colleague of Barth, and a distinguished anthropologist in his own right, tells Barth’s story with sympathy, insight, and great verve.”
— Adam Kuper, London School of Economics