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Barley, Nigel

Works: 137 works in 546 publications in 10 languages and 7,284 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Catalogs  Cross-cultural studies  History  Exhibition catalogs  Art  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Educational films  Internet videos 
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 868 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 )

92 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 520 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
Symbolic structures : an exploration of the culture of the Dowayos by Nigel Barley( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 378 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
Grave matters : a lively history of death around the world by Nigel Barley( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 370 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 by Griff Rhys Jones( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 308 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
Dancing on the grave : encounters with death by Nigel Barley( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dancing on the Grave takes a fresh look at the astonishing variety of ways in which cultures around the world have handled death and given it meaning. Some cultures, most famously Ancient Egypt, have virtually bankrupted themselves to deal adequately with the death of a single person. Others, such as the nomadic peoples of southern Africa, have done little more than simply pull down the roof on to the corpse and walk away, while wrapped bodies in Torajan houses are used as handy shelves to store cassettes. Expertly guiding the reader through such diverse areas as myths about death, beliefs about ways to mourn, joking at funerals, post-mortem videos, cannibalism, headhunting and royal mortuary ritual, Nigel Barley shows how even the most exotic can be related to broader themes relevant to us all." "Both personal and, as one would expect of this author, wittily exploratory, Dancing on the Grave gives an account of mortality that is far from depressing, is indeed a celebration of human ingenuity."--BOOK JACKET
The Duke of Puddle Dock : travels in the footsteps of Stamford Raffles by Nigel Barley( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 288 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
A plague of caterpillars : a return to the African bush by Nigel Barley( Book )

43 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 262 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 )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native land by Nigel Barley( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and German and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

White rajah by Nigel Barley( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and French and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An "eminent" Victorian, Sir James Brooke's career began in 1841 when he made war on a party of Dayaks in Brunei and eventually found himself ruling an area the size of England. This historical biography reveals how he achieved it and shows the best and worst of his opportunistic nature
Not a hazardous sport by Nigel Barley( Book )

30 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Engelse antropoloog beschrijft op humoristische wijze zijn avonturen op een tocht naar de Toradjalanden
The art of Benin by Nigel Barley( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 127 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 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coast by Nigel Barley( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and French and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman d'humour. Roman de société
The devil's garden by Nigel Barley( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 69 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
Tanz ums Grab by Nigel Barley( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in German and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Island of demons by Nigel Barley( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and German and held by 63 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
L'anthropologue mène l'enquête by Nigel Barley( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revoici l'anthropologue en Indonésie et Malaisie, sur les traces de Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), gouverneur de Java puis fondateur de Singapour en 1819. S'enchaîne alors une longue série de mésaventures où s'entrecroisent l'itinéraire de l'ethnologue et la vie tumultueuse de son personnage
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 59 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
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Grave matters : a lively history of death around the world
Alternative Names
Barley, Nigel

Nigel Barley anthropologue et écrivain

Nigel Barley brit antropológus

Nigel Barley britischer Anthropologe und Autor

Nigel Barley British anthropologist

Nigel Barley Brits antropoloog


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English (218)

German (55)

French (40)

Spanish (35)

Chinese (7)

Catalan (7)

Polish (4)

Italian (4)

Dutch (2)

Czech (1)

Symbolic structures : an exploration of the culture of the DowayosGrave matters : a lively history of death around the worldDancing on the grave : encounters with deathNative landWhite rajahNot a hazardous sportThe art of BeninThe Golden sword : Stamford Raffles and the East