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Inside/Outside: Adventures in Caribbean History and Anthropology

by Richard Price

 

University of Georgia Press, October 2022, paperback US$ 27.95

 

"As an intellectual and professional odyssey, Inside/Outside is fascinating. A personal and
intellectual autobiography of one of the most productive and influential anthropologists of the
late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it is elegantly written and will be of broad interest to
students and specialists in history, anthropology, and art history and anyone interested in the
culture and history of the Caribbean."—Stuart B. Schwartz, author of Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina.

 

Beginning with a high schooler mesmerized by a stay on the Navajo and Hopi reservations and running through the founding of a major university department and the aftermath of a decision, a decade later, to forego permanent academic affiliations, Richard Price's story is told with honesty, humor, and insight into the inner workings of academic politics from the 1960s to the present. Inside/Outside relates his life as an anthropologist, historian, and Caribbeanist—from conducting predawn discussions with Maroon historians deep in the rainforest of Suriname to editing the world's first book series on Atlantic history and culture; from weekly meetings with Claude Lévi-Strauss in Paris to long-term collaboration with Sidney Mintz; from adventures at sea with Martiniquan fishermen to negotiating the ivory towers of Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins; from explorations of the art of Romare Bearden to number crunching from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. It is a tale of life experiences and often-unconventional life decisions, inside (and outside) the academic world. Readers look over Price's shoulders—and those of his wife and research partner, Sally Price—as he developed the ideas for some of the twentieth- and twenty-first century's most important books in the fields of history, anthropology, and Caribbean studies.

Receiving the Premio Internacional Fernando Ortiz, one of the Caribbean's highest honors, from Miguel Barnet (Havana, 2014)