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Anthropology is through definition approximately "others," yet during this quantity the word refers to not individuals of saw cultures, yet to "significant others"—spouses, fanatics, and others with whom anthropologists have deep relationships which are either own undefined. The essays during this quantity examine the jobs of those spouses and companions of anthropologists over the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, specially their paintings as they observed the anthropologists within the box. different relationships mentioned comprise these among anthropologists and informants, mentors and scholars, cohorts and companions, and fogeys and youngsters. The publication closes with a glance at gender roles within the box, validated by way of the "marriage" within the past due 19th century of the male Anthropological Society of Washington to the Women’s Anthropological Society of the United States. Revealing relationships that have been concurrently deeply own and professionally very important, those essays convey a brand new intensity of perception to the heritage of anthropology as a social technological know-how and human recreation.

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It focuses on day-to-day life in the village. It has the feel of a novel, with a good deal of dialogue and reflection on how personal relationships with the Ndembu affected the course of research. It is, at moments, full of sexually risque material. There is little attempt to make the text a systematic ethnography, and yet it conveys an ethnographic understanding. At the beginning of the text, Edie offers an explanation (deleted from the final version) for what they were doing in Mwinilunga, and describes her version of anthropology as studying “the panorama of a people’s culture and religion set intimately within the events of each day’s work: knitted together like the human body with its nerves and bones” (VETA:Kajima, 2).

But even this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are other ways to gauge their collaboration and trace how the Turners came to define themselves as an anthropological couple during the early 1950s. Victor Turner’s letters are suggestive. An early example is from a letter he wrote to Gluckman in November 1951 from the Luinga River Camp in Mwinilunga (see PVWT:1565–70). The letter is typed, but like most of what the Turners typed, it has corrections and annotations in pencil. At the start of the letter, Turner explained to Gluckman what he had been doing since his arrival in the Luinga area.

Victor Turner had not been raised in a religious household, but it is clear from his interests as a young man that literature and poetry had religious dimensions. William Blake, after all, was one of his favorite authors. In Africa, immersed in the “real world” they had longed for during the war, the Turners’ poetic sensibilities crept back in through their fascination with what Edie has repeatedly called the “magic” of Ndembu ritual. When Edie expressed her frustration with academia by criticizing the lack of “spirit” in Schism and Continuity she meant that many of the ineffable or “poetic” moments of day-to-day life in Mwinilunga did not come through in the text.

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