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The Accidental Anthropologist [Kindle Edition]

Michael Jackson

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Journeys through the Congo, Sierra Leone and Outback Australia in an inventive memoir by a Commonwealth Poetry Prize-winning ethnographer. The Accidental Anthropologist is a fascinating, impeccably written memoir, or more accurately, a series of fragments. Compelling and absorbing as well as intense and insightful, Jackson writes a far from classically autobiographical text. There is nothing predictable about the mode or incidents he has chosen to write about: this is literary memoir at its best and most inventive. Jackson has a fascination with the concept of personal metamorphosis, the idea that a life can be dismantled and reassembled in a different country and set of relationships. And throughout the story the author makes a pretty good fist of living the theory. Jackson's experiences begin with his earnest portrayal of young adulthood in Wellington where he associates on the fringes with many of the literary figures of the early 1960s: Bob Lowry, Fleur Adcock, James K. Baxter, R.A.K. Mason and the artist McCahon. Jackson finds himself homeless in London where he's drawn to help the poor and eventually finds his way to Cambridge, where he stumbles upon anthropology. His subsequent ethnographic fieldwork takes him to the Congo, Sierra Leone, and outback Australia. Jackson makes it clear that our lives are barely our own, they belong as much to the people, the landscapes, the influences of thought and ideology that absorb us. He excells at the intensely personal and captivates with this masterful work. The Accidental Anthropologist is a challenging and magnificent memoir; much of it is spellbinding, astute and disquieting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10927 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Random House New Zealand (16 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6U39KU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 12 April 2009
By Uther Pendragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have studied with Michael D. Jackson at Harvard. The man is amazing, and the book is amazing. What a storied life! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
4.0 out of 5 stars A description of Maori & Aboriginal Cultures on emotional and ethnographic dimensions 3 July 2014
By Felipe Korzenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Important look into Maori & Aboriginal cultures. Written with the profound understanding of a poet and enthnographer with insight into the emotional as well as the observable aspects of groups in New Zealand & Australia. Jackson is profoundly affected and personally transformed by his experiences.
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