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to my enemies

23 January 2012

I owe thanks also to my enemies, for the stimulating discouragement which has kept up my spirits to persist in the task. Long life and health to them to go on with the good work!

That is from the preface of Jomo Kenyatta’s Facing Mount Kenya, an anthropological account of the Gikuyu printed in the United States in 1962. Interesting trivia: Kenyatta was a student of Bronislav Malinowski, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics who is “often referred to as the first researcher to bring anthropology ‘off the verandah’.”

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