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Price shares the inside and outside the world of an anthropologist

Academic politics play into the work of any professor at a university, especially for Richard Price.

An anthropologist and historian, Price tells his story of the inner workings of academic politics from the 1960s to now through humor and honesty following a decision to forego permanent academic affiliations. “Inside/Outside: Adventures in Caribbean History and Anthropology” is that story.

Price began as a high school student who was fascinated by the Navajo and Hopi people, and he eventually found himself deep in the rainforest of Suriname talking with historians. Price edited the world’s first book series on Atlantic history and culture and grew into a prominent 20th century Caribbeanist.

The book “looks over Price’s shoulders” as he tells his life experience and unconventional life decisions both in the academic world and beyond.