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To Know the Place: An Anthropologist Remembers a Michigan Town

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ISBN-13: 978-1883925239
ISBN-10: 1883925231
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About the Author

Gary A. Wright is professor of anthropology at SUNY, Albany. He has devoted more than 30 years to the study of people and their pasts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews University Press (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883925231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883925239
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,474,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through this personal history of a small Midwestern community, anthropologist Gary Wright finds meaning for us all in looking back at his growing-up experiences in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Though the book includes good scholarship, with details dating back to the 1800s, Wright skillfully transforms his historical account into a free-flowing narrative, using humor and insight to probe into the meaning of small-town life. His personal account especially explores this context through a study of his own experiences of American culture in the 1950s. Most enjoyable is the chapter on food-perhaps most poignant the one on the "cultural other." Having lived near Berrien Springs for a few years now, I learned much of interest from Gary Wright. But most valuable is the book's ability to teach us about ourselves, wherever we may be, through a picture of a single place and its revelations about human nature. The book is a delightful read, and its use of chapter titles inspired by the poetry of T. S. Eliot is a nice touch.
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