Cyril Belshaw likes to explore outside the box. He has been called “the anthropologist of anthropology”. He has been told “You are not really an anthropologist.” Whether or... More > not such statements are accurate, he does like to find new paths so that often his contributions appear away from the main roads of publication. Thus in the hopes of stimulating discussion, perhaps mew applications, and debate amongst graduate students and colleagues alike he has brought some of them together here. He is now approaching his nineties so that some of his ideas date back as far as the ‘forties while some follow is retirement. The ethnographic base for his theoretical constructs and explanations is derived from the Pacific Islands, Canadian society, Switzerland, and widespread travels, influenced by the belief that a major objective of anthropology is to use explanation to improve the world.< Less
A Neew Zealand boy grows up but doesn't know it is in the Great depression. He has mixed result in his schools, recalls his friendships, his mother who takes care of the domestic life and his... More > professorial father sho shares his interests with his son. The war intervenes as the youth falls in love. Army ser5vice takes him away from his own country. It turns out to be for ever ane he wonderss who he is beneath the label New Zealand-Canadian. This is a story and a seldom recorded social dosument.< Less
In Volume I our anthropologist carried out fieldwork in the South Pacific, travelled widely to represent anthropology, and enjoyed world foods.
Here he extends his life work with international... More > assignments and food studies. In an unexplained tragedy he loses his wife and faces court accusations in Switzerland. He returns to face life in Vancouver forcing himself to complete his international work. He completes his term as editor of Current Anthropology and discovers new challenges on the internet where he establishes a multimedia anthropology journal and a guide to his city’s exceptional restaurants. Throughout his writing he presents vivid accounts of unique experiences – people, lands and foods.< Less