Author and Anthropologist, Brunel University, London
Andrew Beatty is an anthropologist. He is interested in psychological anthropology, life writing, and literary approaches to ethnography. His books include Emotional Worlds: Beyond an Anthropology of Emotion (2019) and two narrative ethnographies: A Shadow Falls: In the Heart of Java (2009) and After the Ancestors: an Anthropologist’s Story (2015).
On a regular cycle, the Nias islanders of Indonesia would retreat into enforced seclusion. What can we learn from them?
The emotional lives of others
On Nias island, the heart can be ‘squeezed’, ‘hot’, even ‘hairy’. What can anthropology say about unfamiliar emotional zones?