Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745335353 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745335360 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Fredrik Barth

An Intellectual Biography

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Fredrik Barth

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 12 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745335353 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745335360 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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.
Contents

Preface
Part I • A man of action
1. Watching and wandering
2. The power and the glory
3. Nomadic freedom
4. Entrepreneurship
5. The global theorist
6. Ethnic groups and boundaries
Part II • An anthropology of knowledge
7. Baktaman vibrations
8. A new complexity
9. Turbulent times
10. Cultural complexity
11. The guru and the conjurer
12. Between art and science
Fredrik Barth's published work
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Review Quotes
Adam Kuper, London School of Economics
“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.”
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