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Caught in Collaboration

Caught in Collaboration deepa s. reddy, University of Houston, Clear Lake the Field in pieces "Lecherous thoughts, marvelous sunset, walk around the island," amazon.com tells us are among the "statistically improbable phrases"--not keywords but the "most distinctive phrases in the text of books" identified by its Search Inside!TM program--by which to tag Malinowski's posthumously published Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term. Indeed, these seemingly unlikely tags are hardly off the mark: throughout the Diary, the lore and allure of in situ fieldwork dissipate variously into a sense of meandering boredom, agitation, irritation, preoccupation with other fascinations, work, the need for escape. The "statistically improbable," it quickly becomes evident, is not even so much distinctive as quotidian. The following passage provides a taste: Then lunch with a fellow and talk--about what?--In the afternoon: I lay down for a quarter of an hour, and started work--bwaga'u business. At about 5 stopped, was fed up. Excited, impossible to concentrate. Ate pineapple, drank tea, wrote E.R.M., took a walk; intensive gymnastics. Gymnastics should be a time of concentration and solitude; something that gives me an opportunity to escape from the [blacks] and my own agitation. Supper with a fellow who told me stupid http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Collaborative Anthropologies University of Nebraska Press

Caught in Collaboration

Collaborative Anthropologies , Volume 1 (1) – Jan 26, 2008

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Abstract

deepa s. reddy, University of Houston, Clear Lake the Field in pieces "Lecherous thoughts, marvelous sunset, walk around the island," amazon.com tells us are among the "statistically improbable phrases"--not keywords but the "most distinctive phrases in the text of books" identified by its Search Inside!TM program--by which to tag Malinowski's posthumously published Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term. Indeed, these seemingly unlikely tags are hardly off the mark: throughout the Diary, the lore and allure of in situ fieldwork dissipate variously into a sense of meandering boredom, agitation, irritation, preoccupation with other fascinations, work, the need for escape. The "statistically improbable," it quickly becomes evident, is not even so much distinctive as quotidian. The following passage provides a taste: Then lunch with a fellow and talk--about what?--In the afternoon: I lay down for a quarter of an hour, and started work--bwaga'u business. At about 5 stopped, was fed up. Excited, impossible to concentrate. Ate pineapple, drank tea, wrote E.R.M., took a walk; intensive gymnastics. Gymnastics should be a time of concentration and solitude; something that gives me an opportunity to escape from the [blacks] and my own agitation. Supper with a fellow who told me stupid

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Collaborative AnthropologiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jan 26, 2008

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