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Laura Nader
Letters to and from an Anthropologist
By (author): Laura Nader
Laura Nader


Cornell University Press



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Paper over boards
Hardcover , Paper over boards


General Trade : Age (years) 18
Dec 15, 2020
$53.95 CAD


9.2in x 6 x 1.4 in | 580 gr

Page Count:

392 pages


8 b&w halftones
Cornell University Press
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social and cultural anthropology|Biography: general|Diaries, letters and journals

Laura Nader documents decades of letters written, received, and archived by esteemed author and anthropologist Laura Nader. She revisits her correspondence with academic colleagues, lawyers, politicians, military officers, and many others, all with unique and insightful perspectives on a variety of social and political issues. She uses personal and professional correspondence as a way of examining complex issues and dialogues that might not be available by other means. By compiling these letters, Nader allows us to take an intimate look at how she interacts with people across multiple fields, disciplines, and outlooks.

Arranged chronologically by decade, this book follows Nader from her early career and efforts to change patriarchal policies at UC, Berkeley, to her efforts to fight against climate change and minimize environmental degradation. The letters act as snapshots, giving us glimpses of the lives and issues that dominated culture at the time of their writing. Among the many issues that the correspondence in Laura Nader explores are how a man on death row sees things, how scientists are concerned about and approach their subject matter, and how an anthropologist ponders issues of American survival. The result is an intriguing and comprehensive history of energy, physics, law, anthropology, feminism and legal anthropology in the United States, as well as a reflection of a lifelong career in legal scholarship.

Laura Nader is a Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. She is author of Harmony Ideology, Culture and Dignity, and What the Rest Think of the West.

Laura Nader's depth is impressive. The range of fields is amazingly bold: energy, physics, law, anthropology, feminism?I could go on. Laura Nader is the first of its kind, indexing shifting terrain in the discipline and other intellectual topics.

- John Borneman, Princeton University, author of Accountability

For generations of anthropologists, the clickity-clack of Laura Nader's typewriter has provided a stirring soundtrack to Berkeley's Kroeber Hall. Offering an up-close and engaging view into the life and thinking of one of anthropology's most inspiring scholars, the spirited and often incisive correspondence's that flowed from that typewriter show what it means to communicate with conviction and without reserve. While never afraid of speaking truth to power, her letters reveal the dignified role that disagreement can play in democratic and scholarly discourse.

- Erik Harms, Yale University, author of Luxury and Rubble

The dying art of letter writing comes alive in this extraordinary collection of letters between Laura Nader and her unusually insightful correspondents. The perspective is anthropological in the fullest sense of the word as Dr. Nader shares her experiences?more than 50 years? as a teacher, researcher, activist and friend. Respectful and caring but always illuminating.

- Jerry Brown

Letters is a carefully crafted book that masterfully weaves together several narratives. Letters challenges us all to contemplate, calmly compose our thoughts, and commit ourselves to reclaiming the art of heartfelt, handwritten communication.


A fascinating and eclectic documentary record, one for which different readers will find disciplinary, historical, and biographic interest in relation to different topics, exchanges, and interlocuters.

- Public Anthropologist

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