Nigel Barley
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Toraja Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi Indonesia In Dr Nigel Barley taught himself Indonesian and set off for the relatively unknown island of Sulawesi Here he hoped to find unsullied cultures to study and unspoilt natives to investigate he so

  • Title: Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Author: Nigel Barley
  • ISBN: 9789814423465
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1985, Dr Nigel Barley taught himself Indonesian and set off for the relatively unknown island of Sulawesi Here he hoped to find unsullied cultures to study and unspoilt natives to investigate he soon found plenty to wonder at and plenty to admire among the Toraja.

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    1. Paul Bryant says:

      Nigel Barley is one of the drollest, most rueful, most self-deprecating and all-round most charming of people – he’s an English anthropologist who writes funny books about his experiences in obscure parts of the world – the two I already read, “The Innocent Anthropologist” and “Ceremony”, were about life in Cameroon, Western Africa, both are RECOMMENDED and will make you howl. This one is about the Torajans of Indonesia.I give you a couple of examples.It is always slightly shocking [...]

    2. César Lasso says:

      Nigel Barley, el autor del divertidísimo "El antropólogo inocente", no decepciona en la amena divulgación de su ciencia. En esta ocasión, viaja a la isla de Sulawesi en Indonesia en busca del pueblo toraja. Allí transcurre la mayor parte de este libro tierno y entretenido, no exento de su habitual sentido del humor. Y, como colofón, se lleva durante tres meses a cuatro toraja a Londres para que construyan un granero de arroz en un museo. El choque cultural y la interesante capacidad de ada [...]

    3. MarinaNiv says:

      Este libro es maravilloso, estoy enamorada de la forma de escribir de este señor. Es tronchante, tierno, instructivo, entretenido, todo a la vez. Confieso que me ha llevado más de un año terminar este libro, pero ¿sabéis ese tipo de lecturas que dejas en la mesita de noche para leer sin prisas? ¿Esas que puedes aparcar durante meses y luego retomar sin problemas? No es una lectura adictiva, pero en el buen sentido: no hay ansias, ni estrés. Puedes leer tres páginas y apagar la luz. Es un [...]

    4. Michael Bohli says:

      Nigel Barley ist ein Anthropologe, einer der wunderbar unterhaltsame Bücher schreibt, der seine Erlebnisse mit viel Humor darlegt und damit immer unterhält. Die Reise nach Indonesien ist von Beginn an ein flottes und frisches Buch, die Begegnungen und Momente werden extrem amüsant dargeboten.Dass man dabei auch noch vieles über die Kulturen und den Schwierigkeiten bei solchen Begegnungen erfährt, spricht für Barley. Grossartig wird das Buch gegen den Schluss, wenn sich eine Gruppe Indonesi [...]

    5. Avie says:

      Too damn funny for anthropology haha. An anthropologist friend of mine introduced Barley to me some years ago. He liked "The Innocent Anthropologist," I thought it was okay. Somehow I felt Barley didn't like the Africans he studied all that much. This book is waaay a lot funnier. According to me lah. Bias as an Indonesian and all. I read somewhere that Barley now divides his life between England and Indonesia. Can tell that he's lost to us, the hugging and crying sentimental Indonesians, hehehe. [...]

    6. JaumeMuntane says:

      3,5/5Disfruté tanto en su día con "El antropólogo inocente" que voy a intentar leer el resto de libros de Barley. Con "No es un deporte de riesgo" tenía altas expectativas, especialmente por las singularidades del pueblo toraja y su particular relación con la muerte. Por desgracia creo que el libro se queda corto: la parte introductoria, antes de llegar a Sulawesi, es para mi gusto demasiado larga y, en cambio, creo que las singularidades del pueblo toraja podrían haber ofrecido más expli [...]

    7. Mergenc Pater says:

      Ez a könyv egy tünemény; kicsit olyan, mint Durrell, csak emberekkel* - szóval egy kis kulturális imperializmus azért van benne, de az talán elkerülhetetlen is.Epizodikus, csapongó, vicces, érdekes, hülye aki nem olvassa.* Tudom, jó? :)

    8. Strivetoengage says:

      I posted my review of this book on my blog: strivetoengage.wordpress/

    9. Stella says:

      This book was first published in eighty-eight and close to thirty years later I can attest that road infrastructure in Sulawesi remains poor, the scene of the minivan hurling on unpaved roads is familiar and the number of mosques and churches built and under construction seems disproportionate given the (small) size of the local communities.This book promises fascinating insight into the Toraja and fails to deliver. Seventy eight pages in and the author is still on his way to Sulawesi. Indonesia [...]

    10. April says:

      Not a Hazardous Sport was published in 1988 by Nigel Barley, an English anthropologist who chronicled his experiences on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. (The title comes from a response he received from his insurance company, stating that that since "anthropology is not a hazardous sport," he would still have coverage during his time there.) Aside from providing fascinating insight into the people of Sulawesi and their lifestyles (albeit in the 1980s), Barley's book is hilarious. It reminds [...]

    11. Kardamom says:

      In Toraja haben die Kinder spitze Ohren, wie Mister Spock vom Raumschiff Enterprise. Nigel Barley wird hellhörig und macht sich auf nach Indonesien. Nach einer turbulenten Reise endlich dort angekommen, läuft ihm Johannis in die Arme, der sein Freund und Assistent wird. Ein kleines Wunder an Kunstfertigkeit sind die Reisscheunen, die die Toraja seit alters her schnitzen und bauen. Da kommt Barley eine Idee: Er nimmt Johannis und seine Freunde mit nach London, damit sie im British Museum eine e [...]

    12. Hernando Giraldo tenorio says:

      Muy divertido, aunque no tanto como 'El antropólogo inocente'. En esta ocasión Barley visita a los Toraja, de Indonesia, un grupo conocido por la construcción de graneros hermosamente tallados. Su objetivo: conocer algunas de sus costumbres e intentar llevar a algunos a Londres para que construyan una réplica de un granero de arroz. Aun cuando es un texto de viaje involucra aspectos relevantes sobre los supuestos de la práctica etnográfica.

    13. Grzegorz Chrupała says:

      I read the Innocent Anthropologist many years ago and liked it a lot, so recently I decided to try another book by Barley. It's not as fresh and tragic-comic and the Innocent Anthropologist: he seems to get along with Indonesians much better than with West Africans and the culture gap is smaller, so there is less scope for hilarious misadventures. The running gag is how Barley is repeatedly disabused of his expectations about how a "traditional" society shoud be. Lightweight fun.

    14. Kathrine says:

      I just love the way this author combines etnographic writing and travelogue. I think he manages to enlighten the reader about the peoples and cultures encountered without the need for adding theory - in fact his way might just be the better way to convey cultural insights.

    15. Rachel Coleman says:

      Laugh-out-loud hilarious! Now I want to follow in his steps (and my brother's steps!) and travel to Indonesia.

    16. Sheryl says:

      this is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it over and over and still laugh out loud.

    17. Mas Jeff says:

      If your not an author, don't write!This book is embarrassing and reading it is painful.

    18. Carmila says:

      An easy-to-read book, rather funny about anthropology. However I wanted to learn more about Indonesia and didn't get that much information.

    19. Alison says:

      To sum up, this is a popular account of ethnography/anthropology from a fairly 'old school' and masculine perspective.

    20. Jane says:

      Eine nette Geschichte, wie ein britischer Anthropologe seine Liebe zum indonesischen Volk der Toraja entdeckt.

    21. Charlène says:

      Ludique pour les anecdotes, mais théoriquement parlant niet.

    22. Jenine says:

      Interesting book, made more memorable by reading it while in Indonesia. Quite a few laugh-out-loud moments!

    23. Sephie says:

      As an armchair traveller, I did enjoy this tale of Indonesia and the bringing over of some people to build a rice barn in London.

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