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Laibon: An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners in Kenya Hardcover – Sep 29 2011

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not just for academics May 12 2014
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Yes, I read it for a class, but I've since passed it on to my parents who are also enjoying it. The author is writing the book from the perspective of an experienced academic, using his field notes from his first field experience, so we get the perspective of both. He blends narrative and insight so that it does not read like a text, yet educates the reader to the complexities of the situations and the anthropological perspective. He is writing about a place and people he clearly cares deeply for, and has insight that is important for understanding such issues as climate change, foreign aid (that is NOT helpful if the providers don't understand the local situation) and acculturation.
NOTE: even the non-readers in the class enjoyed it, and discussions were lively..
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Read this great book Dec 23 2012
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I knew Elliot in Kenya, and heard some of these stories firsthand, but it was immensely fun reading how all those stories fit together, and get a more in depth glimpse into Elliot's research, way back when.