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Creative Lives and Works


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CREATIVE LIVES AND WORKS, co-published with Social Science Press, New Delhi is a collection of interviews that is part of Cambridge University’s Audio-visual Library and being transcribed for the first time. Over 250 interviews have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane.

Filmed over 40 years, the three to five conversations in each volume, are part of a larger set of interviews that cut across various disciplines, from the social sciences, the sciences, to the performing and visual arts. Each volume, contains full transcripts of these interviews, that fall under broad themes such as Early Anthropology, Astronomy and Astrophysics, History, Science and Religion, and Literary Criticism.

Immensely riveting as conversations, these collections reveal that despite being wide-ranging, they are in some ways intrinsically related to each other. This rich collection of interviews includes several Nobel Laureates and other equally erudite scholars. The books provide an insight into the lives and works of these great minds and will therefore be appealing not just to those who specialize in these areas of study but also to the inquisitive mind.

Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the print version of the series in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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Historical Ethnography and Peasant Societies McKim Marriott, James Scott and Maurice Bloch

Historical Ethnography and Peasant Societies: McKim Marriott, James Scott and Maurice Bloch

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Alan Macfarlane
December 08, 2022

Historical Ethnography and Peasant Societies: McKim Marriott, James Scott and Maurice Bloch is a collection of interviews that is being published as a book for the first time. These interviews have been conducted by a leading British social anthropologist and historian, Professor Alan Macfarlane. ...

The Science of Life Andrew Huxley, Richard Keynes and Horace Barlow

The Science of Life: Andrew Huxley, Richard Keynes and Horace Barlow

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Alan Macfarlane
December 08, 2022

The Science of Life: Andrew Huxley, Richard Keynes and Horace Barlow is part of the series Creative Lives and Works. It is a collection of interviews conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, the three ...

History, Culture and Ethnography Jack Goody, Clifford James Geertz and Phillippe Descola

History, Culture and Ethnography: Jack Goody, Clifford James Geertz and Phillippe Descola

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane, Eric Hobsbawm
December 03, 2021

History, Culture and Ethnography: Jack Goody, Clifford Geertz and Philippe Descola is a collection of interviews that is being published as a book for the first time. These interviews have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. ...

Science and Culture Lisa Jardine, Jean Michel Massing and Simon Schaffer

Science and Culture: Lisa Jardine, Jean Michel Massing and Simon Schaffer

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane
December 03, 2021

Science and Culture: Lisa Jardine, Jean Michel Massing and Simon Schaffer is a collection of interviews that are being published as a book for the first time. These interviews have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed ...

Of Poverty and Wealth Eric Hobsbawm, Barry Supple and Gareth Stedman Jones

Of Poverty and Wealth: Eric Hobsbawm, Barry Supple and Gareth Stedman Jones

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane
December 02, 2021

Of Poverty and Wealth: Eric Hobsbawm, Barry Supple and Gareth Stedman Jones is a collection of interviews that is being published as a book for the first time. These interviews have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed ...

From Antiquity to Ethnography Keith Thomas, Brian Harrison and Peter Burke

From Antiquity to Ethnography: Keith Thomas, Brian Harrison and Peter Burke

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane
November 10, 2021

From Antiquity to Ethnography: Keith Thomas, Brian Harrison and Peter Burke is the first time a collection of these interviews is being published as a book. They have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period ...

Law and Justice Thomas Bingham, Nicholas Phillips and Eleanor Sharpston

Law and Justice: Thomas Bingham, Nicholas Phillips and Eleanor Sharpston

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane
November 10, 2021

Law and Justice: Thomas Bingham, Nicholas Phillips and Eleanor Sharpston is the first time a collection of interviews is being published as a book. These interviews have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a ...

Science and Religion Edwin Salpeter, Owen Gingerich and John Polkinghorne

Science and Religion: Edwin Salpeter, Owen Gingerich and John Polkinghorne

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane, Mark Turin
October 01, 2021

Science and Religion: Edwin Salpeter, Owen Gingerich and John Polkinghorne is a collection of interviews being published as a book. These interviews have been conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, ...

Creative Lives and Works Adrian C. Mayer, M.N. Srinivas, André Béteille and Johnathan Parry

Creative Lives and Works: Adrian C. Mayer, M.N. Srinivas, André Béteille and Johnathan Parry

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane, Jack Goody
April 01, 2021

Creative Lives and Works: Adrian C. Mayer, M.N. Srinivas, André Béteille and Johnathan Parry is a collection of interviews conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, the four conversations in this volume,...

Creative Lives and Works Antony Hewish, Martin Rees and Neil Turok

Creative Lives and Works: Antony Hewish, Martin Rees and Neil Turok

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane
April 01, 2021

Creative Lives and Works: Antony Hewish, Martin Rees and Neil Turok is a collection of interviews conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, the three conversations in this volume, are part of a larger ...

Creative Lives and Works Frank Kermode, George Steiner, Gillian Beer and Christopher Ricks

Creative Lives and Works: Frank Kermode, George Steiner, Gillian Beer and Christopher Ricks

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane, Radha Béteille
April 01, 2021

Creative Lives and Works: Frank Kermode, George Steiner, Gillian Beer and Christopher Ricks is a collection of interviews conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, the four conversations in this volume, ...

Creative Lives and Works Raymond Firth, Audrey Richards, Lucy Mair, Meyer Fortes and Edmund Leach

Creative Lives and Works: Raymond Firth, Audrey Richards, Lucy Mair, Meyer Fortes and Edmund Leach

1st Edition

By Alan Macfarlane, Jack Goody, Jean La Fontaine, Frank Kermode
April 01, 2021

Creative Lives and Works: Raymond Firth, Audrey Richards, Lucy Mair, Meyer Fortes and Edmund Leach is a collection of interviews conducted by one of England’s leading social anthropologists and historians, Professor Alan Macfarlane. Filmed over a period of 40 years, the five conversations in this ...

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