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Lawrence of ArabiaA Film's Anthropology$
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Steven Caton

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520210820

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520210820.001.0001

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An Allegory of Anthropology

An Allegory of Anthropology

(p.142) Chapter 4 An Allegory of Anthropology
Lawrence of Arabia

Steven C. Caton

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Lawrence of Arabia as an allegory about dilemmas of cross-cultural encounters. It studies many themes in the film that are a portion of this book's author's memories of childhood and his experiences as an anthropologist. Two of these themes are the alienated self that is drawn to travel and the complex process of entering into another culture through war, tourism, or migration. This chapter shows that viewing Lawrence of Arabia as a film that has a cultural anthropologist as its main character allows people to interpret the movie as an insightful moral tale about the practices of anthropologists.

Keywords:   cross-cultural encounters, alienated self, cultural anthropologist, practices of anthropologists

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