Trickster: An Anthropological Memoir

Trickster: An Anthropological Memoir

by Eileen Kane

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442693753
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eileen Kane is an applied anthropologist who chaired the first department of anthropology in Ireland and now works on participatory development and education programs in Africa. She is the author of Doing Your Own Research (Boyars, 2001) and numerous World Bank and aid agency studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction, Alice Beck Kehoe

1. Vows

2. At Home on the Range

3. The Kah'nii

4. Missing Bomb City

5. Anthropology: A Mirror for Man

6. Two Italian Towns

7. Not Worrying

8. The Tribal Council

9. Why Anthropology?

10. Crossing Boundaries

11. The Murder

12. Drawing Lessons

13. Kinship Patterns

14. Game-Playing

15. Two-Thirds of the Way

16. Who We Are

17. The Rabbit Net

18. Ethnobabble

19. Ruin...

20. ...and Reprieve

20. The Killer

21. The Mission

22. The Parting

Epilogue

Discussion Points and Exercises

References and Further Readings

What People are Saying About This

Peter Wogan

Eileen Kane is a fantastic writer—in fact, one of the best I've ever seen in anthropology, past or present. She keeps the story moving briskly, she has a novelist's eye for detail, and she renders perfect dialogue, which as Anne Lamont says, is the way to convey character. She's one of those rare anthropologists who can tell a great story while imparting cultural understanding. I hope she continues to tell stories. Anthropology needs a voice like hers.

Louis S. Warren

A must read for every scholar who aspires to bring intellectual work to bear on the problems of real people and their communities.

Liam D. Murphy

Kane avoids stilted ethnographic prose and instead revels in a self-effacing, first-person narrative that is richly textured, beautifully written, moving, and hilarious—precisely the kind of yarn that grabs and holds the attention of students and seasoned anthropologists alike.

From the Publisher

A real page turner. Kane has turned her first fieldwork experience into an engaging 'Margaret Mead meets Tony Hillerman' narrative, with vivid characters, many tricksters, and even a mysterious death.

Trickster... should become essential reading for young anthropologists, if only because of its ruminations about the discipline as theory and praxis.

Kane avoids stilted ethnographic prose and instead revels in a self-effacing, first-person narrative that is richly textured, beautifully written, moving, and hilarious—precisely the kind of yarn that grabs and holds the attention of students and seasoned anthropologists alike.

Louise Lamphere

A real page turner. Kane has turned her first fieldwork experience into an engaging 'Margaret Mead meets Tony Hillerman' narrative, with vivid characters, many tricksters, and even a mysterious death.

Michael Hittman

Trickster... should become essential reading for young anthropologists, if only because of its ruminations about the discipline as theory and praxis.

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