Seeing the World

  • Joy Hendry


Visitors to foreign countries very often return with a selection of objects collectively known as souvenirs. These are items acquired on the journey. They may be received as gifts, purchased in a tourist shop, or even just picked up on the beach. Their economic value is not necessarily important, for these objects are not usually for resale. Instead, they are essentially material reminders of the experience of the traveller. The objects may also be chosen for a variety of other reasons — for some perceived intrinsic beauty, to show off to friends, to give as a gift, or just to stand on the windowsill and bring out one of the colours in the curtains. However, all will be chosen because they are in some way remarkable, and because they stand for the place in which they were acquired.


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  1. Barker, Pat, Regeneration (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992), is a trilogy of novels about the First World War, which feature W. H. R. Rivers, although not much direct mention is made of his anthropological work until the third book, the Ghost Road, where the effects of a British ban on head-hunting in the Solomon Islands are juxtaposed with reports of the atrocities taking place in war-torn Europe.Google Scholar
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  1. The ‘Strangers Abroad’ series (André Singer, 1985) introduces five of the early anthropologists and their influence on the subject. Off the Verandah, about Bronislaw Malinowski, demonstrates the value for British colonists of getting down off their verandahs and living with the people they were describing. Fieldwork, about Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, pursues the theme by illustrating his work with the Arunta and other Australian Aboriginal peoples. There are also films about W. H. R. Rivers (see Chapter 11), about Margaret Mead and about Edward Evans-Pritchard.Google Scholar

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