Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography

Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography

Thomas Hylland Eriksen
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Author:  Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  264
Publisher:  Pluto Press
Year:  2015
ISBN:  9780745335353

Fredrik Barth is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century anthropology. This intellectual history traces the development of Barth's ideas and explores the substance of his contributions. In an accessible style, Thomas Hylland Eriksen's biographical study reveals the magic of ethnography to professional anthropologists and non-practitioners alike.

Exploring his six decade career, it follows Barth from early ecological studies in Pakistan, to political studies in Iran, to groundbreaking fieldwork in Norway, New Guinea, Bali and Bhutan. Eriksen argues that Barth's voracious appetite for fieldwork holds the key to understanding his remarkable intellectual development and the insights it produced. The book raises many of the same questions that emerge from Barth's own work - of unity and diversity, of culture and relativism, of art and science.