A Good Example of Transformative Anthropology

A Man Walks Into a Pub

Well, hops- he only had one leg.

A man who had his leg amputated when he was 29 after a benign tumour was removed was in the process of saving up forty grand to buy a “bionic” one he had read about in America. Now 42 and not having saved anywhere near the amount he needed, he popped into his local for a pint, where he met another chap, also enjoying a beer.

Luckily though, the second man was a surgeon who specialised in fitting the computer-controlled limbs, and he mentioned he had a spare leg and could fit it for free. Which he did. 


Posted by Karter, September 30, 2008 @ k’telontour blog

Comment–good example of a phenomena of what I term transformative anthropology. (This is ill-named, but I’m sticking with it for the time being.)

A phenomena of this kind is described as exemplifying the initiation of a dramatic and lasting change in a person’s life for which happenstance is a necessary feature.


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2 Responses to A Good Example of Transformative Anthropology

  1. Happenstance? I don’t think so. This is definitely transformative activity indeed. I would look at this as a step on the heroic journey where one gets a needed gift in order to go to the next leg (no groans, please) of the journey.

  2. Robert, you’d have to sketch out the mechanism for it not being happenstance.

    Then, if you were able to do so, I’d consider how it is necessarily ramified.

    Since I know of zero evidence in favor of any facts contrary of happenstance, I would be open to learning about such evidence.

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