Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the Antipodes by Michael Jackson

Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the Antipodes

byMichael Jackson

Kobo ebook | January 16, 2013

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Internationally-acclaimed anthropologist and poet Michael Jackson travels his natal New Zealand, reflecting on the idea of origins. Visiting old haunts and old friends, he ponders the hold our histories have over us, and the enduring power of our first experiences in life. Jackson reflects on the ways we tell our life stories, write our national histories, assign value, allocate blame, and determine cause. His recurring theme is the tension between the forces that shape us and our freedom to take our destiny into our own hands.

Skillfully blending ethnography, history, philosophy, literature and personal reflection, he asks what it means to call a place or a time one’s own.

“Although our lives may not transcend our origins, we seem to need to believe that this is possible, as in the myth of Maui who sought to return to the womb and be born again.”

Title:Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the AntipodesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 16, 2013Publisher:Rosa Mira BooksLanguage:English

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