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Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and the Errant Anthropologist: Fieldwork in Malaysia

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According to Raybeck, the solitary dictum that best characterizes fieldwork is "Things go awry." In this spirited account of his time spent in Southeast Asia, Raybeck describes several adventures and misadventures involving field research, as well as the understanding, humility and bruises that these experiences leave behind. Since fieldwork is situated, Raybeck's treatmen ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Waveland Press
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Erin
Jul 31, 2007 Erin rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent, especially for anyone who has experienced culture shock themsleves and wants to enjoy the tale of a kindred spirit. This book reads like a humor novel; it's easy to forget you're learning important anthropological concepts along the way ("getting backstage," for instance). A book I read initially for class, but have read over and over again since then.
Amanda
Mar 04, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
HILarious. and informative. pure glory. loved it.
M. Lee
Jul 25, 2011 M. Lee rated it it was amazing
My favorite Anthropology/Ethnography book of all-time. Anyone about to embark on fieldwork should be sure to read this gem!
Sharon
Mar 22, 2008 Sharon rated it it was amazing
This book made me briefly wish that I'd become a cultural anthropologist.
Anders K.
Funny, intelligent, and exceedingly easy to read. Even if you aren't interested in anthropology or cultural studies, this is still a magnificently enjoyable book which teaches you a thing or two about rural Kelantanese culture (Malaysia) in the late 1960s. Moreover, Raybeck adeptly weaves in epistemological and methodological debates from anthropology in the simplest language I've seen to date, which I strongly suspect I will want to quote in the future. This makes his book an incredibly efficie ...more
Amanda
Jan 11, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
In Mad Dogs, Raybeck, an influential anthropologist and professor, details his fieldwork in Kelantan, Malaysia.

This is a must read for any anthropologist considering fieldwork and anyone interested in cultural anthropology. There is a wealth of knowledge on conducting fieldwork, as well as information on Kelantanese culture.

Overall, the book is highly informative, frequently amusing, and well written. There are pages that are slightly tedious, but for the most it's an entertaining and interest
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Used this book for intro to cultural anth. Very accessible and entertaining. The students enjoyed it.
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