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Monday, February 12, 2018

My Apprenticeship: An Intellectual Journey Available on Amazon Thursday February 15, 2018

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About the Book

The book sits on ego-documents, like letters, diary entries, and notes of casual conversations in which the curiosity, temperament, and thought of the people harmonize or clash freely with that of the researcher. Rather than cutting us off from understanding what is strange and past, this bias is a window that initially opens it up to us.

The last chapter returns the reader to the ancient notion that rhetoric imitates life and nature, because nature has assigned to every emotion a look, tone of voice, and bearing of its own. It thereby invites readers to free themselves from the ideological lock-in of postmodern discursivity and, like the ethnographer, heed happenings while doing research.

Cover of the Book

My Apprenticeship: An Intellectual Journey

I have a personal reason to appreciate Karla Poewe’s wonderful book: parallel experiences. We both remember what it was like to be shoved about as German Kriegskinder (war-time children). We were both attracted to, and then distanced ourselves from, Sartre’s existentialism. We explored our identities in North America and in very different cultures – Karla as an ethnographer in Zambia, I as a journalist in Vietnam. It requires literary and scholarly skills to do this well. Karla has done it very well indeed.

Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto
Emeritus Director, Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life
Author of Triumph of the Absurd: A Reporter’s Love for the Abandoned People of Vietnam

Poewe does not “study” humor, pain, poverty of environment, or relationships between the sexes. She experiences them, lives them, and finds herself changed into new forms of “becoming.”

Martha Ward
Professor of Research of Anthropology, The University of New Orleans
Author of Nest in the Wind


Available Thursday February 15, 2018

eBook  U.S. $9.99

Paperback  U.S. $ 16.00

I have noticed that the eBook version looks very different on every device. This is the first time that I have tried this. It is a learning experience. So my friends and colleagues, I hope that you will enjoy the book.

With Best Wishes,
Karla Poewe