The Power of the Between
An Anthropological Odyssey
By (author) Paul Stoller
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Power of the Between by Paul Stoller
Book DescriptionIt is the anthropologist's fate to always be between things: countries, languages, cultures, even realities. But rather than lament this, anthropologist Paul Stoller here celebrates the creative power of the between, showing how it can transform us, changing our conceptions of who we are, what we know, and how we live in the world.Beginning with his early days with the Peace Corps in Africa and culminating with a recent bout with cancer, "The Power of the Between" is an evocative account of the circuitous path Stoller's life has taken, offering a fascinating depiction of how a career is shaped over decades of reading and research. Stoller imparts his accumulated wisdom not through grandiose pronouncements but by drawing on his gift for storytelling. Tales of his apprenticeship to a sorcerer in Niger, his studies with Claude Levi-Strauss in Paris, and his friendships with West African street vendors in New York City accompany philosophical reflections on love, memory, power, courage, health, and illness.Graced with Stoller's trademark humor and narrative elegance, "The Power of the Between" is both the story of a distinguished career and a profound meditation on coming to terms with the impermanence of all things.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226775357
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paul Stoller
Climbing the Mountain, Paperback (September 2015)
This book is a user's guide to the cancer experience. In it, the authors present a narrative of a cancer patient who used preparation (research), practice (exercise and activity), and a variety of social supports to live well within the parameters that cancer imposes.
Yaya's Story, Paperback (October 2014)
Combining memoir, ethnography, and philosophy through a series of interconnected narratives, this book tells a story of remarkable friendship and the quest for well-being. It's a story of difference and unity, of illness and health, a lyrical reflection on human resiliency and the shoulders we lean on.
Gallery Bundu, Paperback (July 2005)View all books by Paul Stoller
The hastiness of David's decision will shadow his every move for the rest of his life and will lead him to eventually return to Niger and try to make amends. Beautifully written and deeply felt, Gallery Bundu is a cautionary tale about the impulses of youth and the unyielding grip of regret.
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Author Biography - Paul Stoller
Paul Stoller is professor of anthropology at West Chester University and the author of ten books, including Money Has No Smell, Jaguar, and In Sorcery's Shadow.
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