Cover for MILLER: Nurturing Doubt: From Mennonite Missionary to Anthropologist in the Argentine Chaco

Nurturing Doubt

From Mennonite Missionary to Anthropologist in the Argentine Chaco
Awards and Recognition:

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 1996.

Unique in ethnography, Nurturing Doubt documents the transforming effects of field experiences on a young Mennonite who went to Argentina to work with the Toba, first as a missionary and later as an anthropologist. Elmer Miller insightfully probes the documents--diaries, field journals, and letters--of both his lives, revealing as he does the ways in which his perceptions of the Toba--and theirs of him--changed when his role changed.

Deeply affected by an upbringing in which he had been taught that doubting was "sinful," Miller gradually found that he doubted not only the validity of the missionary mandate but also his ethnographic mandate and the whole practice of anthropology. His exploration of how his doubt was transformed from a negative activity into a positive philosophical attitude underscores the richness of his relationships with the Toba. In depicting the move from theological to anthropological discourse, Miller contributes to current debates over the form and purpose of ethnographic investigation and reporting.

To order online:

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Stealing Indian Women - Cover
Stealing Indian Women

Native Slavery in the Illinois Country

Carl J. Ekberg

Indians Illustrated - Cover
Indians Illustrated

The Image of Native Americans in the Pictorial Press

John M. Coward

Mascot Nation - Cover
Mascot Nation

The Controversy over Native American Representations in Sports

Andrew C. Billings and Jason Edward Black

Music of the First Nations - Cover
Music of the First Nations

Tradition and Innovation in Native North America

Edited by Tara Browner

St. Louis Rising - Cover
St. Louis Rising

The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive

Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person

Enduring Nations - Cover
Enduring Nations

Native Americans in the Midwest

Edited by R. David Edmunds

Indigenous Women and Work - Cover
Indigenous Women and Work

From Labor to Activism

Edited by Carol Williams