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The Uncaring, Intricate World: A Field Diary, Zambezi Valley, 1984-1985
by Pamela Reynolds
edited by Todd Meyers
Duke University Press, 2019
Paper: 978-1-4780-0467-7 | Cloth: 978-1-4780-0406-6 | eISBN: 978-1-4780-0552-0
Library of Congress Classification GN21.R448A3 2019

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In the 1950s the colonial British government in Northern and Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia and Zimbabwe) began construction on a large hydroelectric dam that created Lake Kariba and dislocated nearly 60,000 indigenous residents. Three decades later, Pamela Reynolds began fieldwork with the Tonga people to study the lasting effects of the dispossession of their land on their lives. In The Uncaring, Intricate World Reynolds shares her field diary, in which she records her efforts to study children and their labor and, by doing so, exposes the character of everyday life. More than a memoir, her diary captures the range of pleasures, difficulties, frustrations, contradictions, and grappling with ethical questions that all anthropologists experience in the field. The Uncaring, Intricate World concludes with afterwords by Jane I. Guyer and Julie Livingston, who critically reflect on its context, its meaning for today, and relevance to conducting anthropological work.

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