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Becoming an Anthropologist

A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology

Author(s): Gerald Mars

Book Description

Mars’ graphic and often vivid narrative can be read simply as the anecdotal memoirs of an anthropologist. The experiences he recounts are sometimes hilarious, touch occasionally on the dangerous, and are always sensitively and expertly explored. But for those who want to know more, the book’s expansive footnotes and references to key sources also offer a stimulating introduction to social anthropology, its theories and its methods.

Mars begins by describing his childhood life in a tightly structured working class community during World War Two. He then contrasts this with an account of the hidden underlife of an entrepreneurial, crime-prone seaside resort, Blackpool, where he worked as a spieler (barker). Two years’ experience of National Service provides an account of the social organisation of the RAF, followed by discussion of aspects of the organisation of Cambridge University. What follows then is a lifetime spent living and working in different cultures around the world. The results are continual insights gained by comparison and contrasts that illuminate aspects not only of other cultures, but, also, of our own.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7692-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7692-5
Date of Publication: 01/05/2015
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £19.99


Gerald Mars is an Honorary Professor of Anthropology at University College London and Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethnography at University College, Suffolk. He has published twelve books, the most recent being Deviance, Crime and Organisations (Ashgate 2013), which applies anthropology to criminology. He has worked as a consultant to government and commerce, and in 2003 was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute's Lucy Mair Medal for ‘consistent excellence in applied anthropology’.

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