Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart by Ruth Behar

This book is a collection of five essays by a University of Michigan anthropology professor. Behar, who is also a poet, believes "anthropology that doesn't break your heart just isn't worth doing anymore" (p. 177). She is concerned about a movement to return anthropology to a science that lacks emotion and a connection to cultures and people being studied. The essays are eloquently written and personal while discussing Behar's own family life, the meaning of "the border," the concept of the Cuban diaspora, and her fieldwork in a northern Spanish village.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: GN346.4 .B44 1996
2nd Floor Social Science Library
Review submitted by: Stacy Russo, Coordinator of Information & Reference Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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