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Anthropology of Everyday Life, An Hardcover – February 4, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (February 4, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385237448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385237444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Anthropologist Hall ( The Dance of Life ) turns his analytic eye on the first 50 years of his life, beginning in 1914, and measures the impact of his particular cultural experiences on the person he became. Abandoned as a child by cold, self-absorbed parents, he coped by going on to forge a brilliant career studying other cultures through examination of the details of everyday behavior and the many forms of non-verbal communication. His experiences living with the Hopi and the Navaho, World War II service as a white officer in a black regiment and a career in the State Department brought him success but little self-knowledge. In the 1950s, prompted by feelings of extreme distress, Hall began psychoanalysis and was able to resolve his blocked childhood emotions. An instructive look into a notable life. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In this autobiography of one of the most influential anthropologists of the last 30 years, Hall writes with the clarity and easygoing grace that have made his books popular with readers who eschew the jargon and statistics that clutter some social science books. Hall recounts many of the unusual events that shaped his outlook, from living in the Santa Fe artists' colony to working on Indian reservations in Arizona and serving with a black army regiment in World War II. A theme that reappears throughout the book is Hall's sincere efforts toward understanding other cultures systematically thwarted by an unsympathetic bureaucracy. Hall only succeeds in breaking through the bureaucratic barrier after he overcomes his own personal barriers during seven years of psychoanalysis. While quite engaging, this book may not be as useful to students and professionals as Hall's other works that help to explore our understanding of intercultural communication. For larger academic and public library collections.
- Eric Hinsdale, Simmons Coll. Graduate Sch. of Management Lib., Boston
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is one of my favorite books. Admittedly, I am drawn to the book's roots in Santa Fe, and the interplay between Hall, his government job, the people he is working with, and the harsh environment. The telling is simple. This isn't a book full,of theories, but one of experiences.
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