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They lie, we lie : getting on with anthropology

Author: Peter Metcalf
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Peter Metcalf gives an engaging account of his fieldwork in Borneo, telling the story of his tortuous relationship with Kasi, a formidable old lady who, for twenty years, tried to strictly control  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Metcalf
ISBN: 0415262593 9780415262590 0415262607 9780415262606
OCLC Number: 47623919
Description: viii, 155 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Lies. "Something spoken which is not true" They lie, we lie. Getting on with anthropology --
2. Struggle. Learning experiences. Kasi's preemptive strike. The polite fictions of research proposals. Kasi throws up her defenses. The siege. My fifth column --
3. Power. Hearts and minds. Colonial involvements. Going into the villages. People invisible to the state --
4. Ethnicity. Lelakness. The vanishing point. Foregrounding the Berawan. Lost tribes. The true Berawan. Keeping things in perspective --
5. Closure. "Lelak" Throwing away the old way. Kasi's vanishing. Cultural obituaries. Indignities. Demolishing "Upriver" Constructing "Upriver People" No closure.
Responsibility: Peter Metcalf.
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