Nigel Barley: The Innocent Anthropologist (Episode #8)

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Nigel Barley

Nigel Barley is the author of some 22 books, including White Rajah and A Plague of Caterpillars.

He studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Social Anthropology at Oxford. His first book, The Innocent Anthropologist, was based on his fieldwork in west Africa amongst the Dowayo people of North Cameroon.

Barley left academia to work as a curator at the British Museum in the Department of  Ethnography, where he stayed for some twenty years. 

He’s been nominated twice for the Travelex Writer of the Year Award, and in 2002 won the  Foreign Press Association prize for travel writing.

We spoke about the grim reality of fieldwork, his odd attraction for monkeys, and why fiction tells us more than anthropology about what it means to be human.

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Ryan Murdock

Author of Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Columnist at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Author of Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Columnist at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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