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Barley, Nigel

Works: 121 works in 499 publications in 10 languages and 7,358 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Cross-cultural studies  Art  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Exhibition catalogs  History  Fiction  Historical fiction  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Publishing director, Editor
Classifications: DT571.D68, 738.30967
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Most widely held works by Nigel Barley
Smashing pots : works of clay from Africa by Nigel Barley( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In many parts of Africa marriage involves the making of new pots and funerals the smashing of old. Smashing Pots surveys the role of pottery in traditional and modern Africa, the technologies it calls into play and the extraordinary aesthetic effects it achieves. Nigel Barley shows how pottery is used in cultural thought and how it reflects, in Africa, important ways of thinking about human bodies and powers, time and change. Pottery enters into religion and medicine, the structuring of sexuality and the control of fertility and through it important differences emerge between Western and African notions of gender." "Illustrated with field photographs and pots from the British Museum's unsurpassed collection, this book provides the only comprehensive introduction to African pottery currently available."--Jacket
Adventures in a mud hut : an innocent anthropologist abroad by Nigel Barley( Book )

100 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Nigel Barley set up home among the Dowayo people in Northern Cameroon, he knew how field work should be conducted. Unfortunately nobody had told the Dowayo. In this account of his first experience in the field, Barley, who survived boredom, hostility, disaster and illness, gives a comic and inspiring introduction to the real life of a social anthropologist
Grave matters : a lively history of death around the world by Nigel Barley( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death is shown to be more than an individual experience. Anthropologist Nigel Barley writes that his colleagues long ago decided to give it a big role in the collective drama of life. Malinowski, for example, saw it as the origin of all religion, and later ethnologists have seen the fear and denial of death as the origin of all culture. Grave Matters reveals that the body may be preserved or obliterated, transformed into furniture or eaten. Everywhere death is not just a window on eternity but a mirror in which we see ourselves in all our human diversity and the variety of our purposes
Through African eyes( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This program, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in a Bamana village and the walled city of Djenne comment on the function of art and the role of the artist in their society
Symbolic structures : an exploration of the culture of the Dowayos by Nigel Barley( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many opposing theories have been elaborated by different anthropologists in an attempt to explain the nature of symbolism. In this work Nigel Barley uses a particular ethnographic case to examine the relevance and limitations of these existing theories and to develop a new alternative approach which draws on areas of linguistics and folkloristics at one time neglected by symbolic theorists. The book is a detailed study of the symbolic universe of the Dowayos of north Cameroon, as displayed in their ritual and beliefs. Considering matters as diverse as their oral literature, their material culture and their festivals, Dr Barley's analysis develops by unfolding sequentially a map of the symbolic structures that underlie Dowayo culture and shape their apperception of the world about them. This book will be particularly useful for students. It will also interest all anthropologists concerned with the study of symbolism and with the application to anthropology of models derived from linguistics and folklore
The Duke of Puddle Dock : travels in the footsteps of Stamford Raffles by Nigel Barley( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the life of Stamford Raffles, traveler, official of the East India Company, Governor of Java and founder of Singapore
Dancing on the grave : encounters with death by Nigel Barley( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A plague of caterpillars : a return to the African bush by Nigel Barley( Book )

41 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spécialiste de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Nord, Nigel Barley a rejoint le British Museum en 1981 après son premier voyage chez les Dowayos ("Un anthropologue en déroute"). Récit de son deuxième voyage, entrepris lorsqu'il apprend quec es Dowayos reprennent une très ancienne cérémonie de circoncision
Foreheads of the dead : an anthropological view of Kalabari ancestral screens by Nigel Barley( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native land by Nigel Barley( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and German and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not a hazardous sport by Nigel Barley( Book )

33 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Engelse antropoloog beschrijft op humoristische wijze zijn avonturen op een tocht naar de Toradjalanden
White rajah by Nigel Barley( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and French and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nigel Barley, qui fut conservateur au British Museum, s'est rendu célèbre pour avoir marié dans ses livres l'ethnologie à l'humour. Le voici de retour avec une biographie d'Anglais téméraire, excentrique et voyageur. Né en 1803 à Bénarès, James Brooke fit ses armes dans la Compagnie des Indes orientales puis acheta une goélette avec l'argent légué par son père. Devenu mercenaire au service du sultan de Brunei, il combattit rebelles et pirates. Pour le remercier, on lui offrit le Sarawak, territoire de Bornéo où vivaient des coupeurs de têtes invétérés, les Dayaks. Le règne du Rajah blanc, qui débuta en 1841, établit la dynastie des Brooke jusqu'en 1946. Le biographe conjugue ici ses talents d'humoriste, d'anthropologue et d'écrivain ; ce n'est pas de trop pour décrypter un personnage des plus complexes qui, s'il fut reçu par la reine Victoria à Windsor avec tous les honneurs dus à un rajah, eut bien du mal à obtenir de la Grande-Bretagne la reconnaissance du Sarawak comme Etat indépendant. Il mourut en 1868 au fin fond du Devonshire, presque oublié des Anglais mais devenu une figure de légende à Bornéo
The art of Benin by Nigel Barley( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power structure of Benin Kingdom was entirely built around the oba (king) who held a divine right to rule. Craftsmen were organised in specialised guilds that worked in the palace producing exquisite works in brass, ivory, wood and beadwork exclusively for the oba and his royal court
The Golden sword : Stamford Raffles and the East by Nigel Barley( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coast by Nigel Barley( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman d'humour. Roman de société
Tanz ums Grab by Nigel Barley( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in German and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The devil's garden by Nigel Barley( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gardens are magical places -- images of Nature and Culture, models of paradise, spaces where plants live in war and peace, co-operation and competition. It is 1942 and Singapore is Syonanto, part of the Japanese Empire, where violence and starvation stalk the streets but in the Singapore Botanic Gardens a bizarre tranquillity reigns between warring nations and even love awakes as old identities melt away in the heady atmosphere of the Orchid House. From its unique perspective and with a mixture of humour and romance, this book pictures a formative moment in the emergence of Singapore, where loyalties are less secure than those of the official histories and truth is anything but simple
Island of demons by Nigel Barley( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in German and English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many men dream of running away to a tropical island and living surrounded by beauty and exotic exuberance. Walter Spies did more than dream. He actually did it. In the 1920s and 30s, Walter Spies -- ethnographer, choreographer, film maker, natural historian and painter -- transformed the perception of Bali from that of a remote island to become the site for Western fantasies about Paradise and it underwent an influx of foreign visitors. The rich and famous flocked to Spies' house in Ubud and his life and work forged a link between serious academics and the visionaries from the Golden Age of Holl
Rogue raider : the tale of Captain Lauterbach and the Singapore mutiny by Nigel Barley( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is the First World War and Julius Lauterbach is a German prisoner of war in the old Tanglin barracks of Singapore. He is also a braggart, a womaniser and a heavy drinker and through his bored fantasies he unwittingly triggers a mutiny by Muslim troops of the British garrison and so throws the whole course of the war in doubt. The British lose control of the city, its European inhabitants flee to the ships in the harbour and it is only with the help of Japanese marines that the Empire is saved. Rogue Raider is the adventure story of how one ship, the Emden, tied up the navies of four nations
In the footsteps of Stamford Raffles by Nigel Barley( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Stamford Raffles was a British colonial trader who, in 1819, founded the island city-state of Singapore. Today, Singapore is a world alpha city ranked alongside London, New York, and Tokyo. In this intriguing book - part history, part travelogue - the author revisits the places that were important in the life of Raffles and evaluates his legacy, both good and bad, in present-day Singapore. Previously published by Penguin, this is a fully updated edition
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Grave matters : a lively history of death around the world
Alternative Names
Barley, Nigel

Nigel Barley brit antropológus

Nigel Barley britischer Anthropologe und Autor

Nigel Barley British anthropologist

Nigel Barley Brits antropoloog

バーリー, ナイジェル

English (207)

German (54)

French (33)

Spanish (27)

Chinese (8)

Catalan (7)

Polish (4)

Italian (4)

Dutch (2)

Czech (1)

Grave matters : a lively history of death around the worldSymbolic structures : an exploration of the culture of the DowayosDancing on the grave : encounters with deathNative landNot a hazardous sportWhite rajahThe art of BeninThe Golden sword : Stamford Raffles and the East