Arctic Madness - The Anthropology of a Delusion - Anthropological Novellas (Paperback)
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Arctic Madness - The Anthropology of a Delusion - Anthropological Novellas (Paperback)

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Paperback 142 Pages / Published: 16/10/2020
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The French missionary-linguist Emile Petitot (1838-1916) spent twenty years near the Arctic Circle in Canada, publishing numerous works on First Nations languages and practices. Over time, however, he descended into delirium and began to summon imaginary persecutions, pen improbable interpretations of his Indigenous hosts, and burst into schizoid fury. Delving into thousands of pages in letters and memoirs that Petitot left behind, Pierre Deleage has reconstructed the missionary's tragic story. He takes us on a gripping journey into the illogic and hyperlogic of a mind entranced with Indigenous peoples against the backdrop of repressive church policies and the emergent social sciences of the nineteenth century. Apocalyptic visions from the Bible and prophetic movements among First Nations peoples merged in the missionary's deteriorating psyche, triggering paroxysms of violence against his colleagues and himself. Whoever wishes to understand the contradictions of living between radically different societies will find this anthropological novella hard to put down.

Publisher: HAU Society Of Ethnographic Theory
ISBN: 9781912808274
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 176 g
Dimensions: 205 x 128 x 11 mm


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"Take a young priest from his native France, throw him into the depths of the Arctic snow among 'savages,' and see what happens. Deleage follows Petitot's steps toward insanity and finds his legacy in a wealth of linguistic and ethnographic materials. A great little book." -- Alcida Rita Ramos, Universidade de Brasilia, author of Indigenism: Ethnic Politics in Brazil
"This book offers a fascinating analysis of Emile Petitot's life in the Canadian Northwest. As in the Amazon or the Congo, madness and hysteria affected some explorers and missionaries suddenly confronted with inner solitude. Although Petitot was an exceptional ethnographer of the Dene peoples, his case remains a sad yet intriguing example. In this book, Deleage carefully explores his writings and provides insightful views on his delirium, illustrating both a generic mental dysfunction and an idiosyncratic personality." -- Frederic Laugrand, Universite Catholique de Louvain, coauthor of Inuit Shamanism and Christianity

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