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Return to Laughter by Laura Bohannan
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bookshelves: memoir-autobiography, set-in-other-countries, nonfiction

Written by anthropologist Laura Bohannon in 1954, based on living with the Tiv group of Nigeria in 1949-1953. Absolutely fascinating account of her struggles to learn and understand local culture and beliefs, and the conflicts with her own beliefs and morals. What about witchcraft, ostracizing someone accused of witchcraft, herself being ostracized for continuing to visit this person. Should/can she live and act as the others do? or does she want to retain some of her own value system, at the risk of being perceived as rude and even evil.
She must have been one of the first to do what today is considered par for the course, namely, participant observation.
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November 5, 2009 – Shelved
November 5, 2009 – Finished Reading
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: memoir-autobiography
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: set-in-other-countries
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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