From Pear to Paradigm and back again

In 1993 Keith Hart created a small boutique press to publish wonderful little tidbits by anthropologists. After various permutations the press morphed in to “Prickly Paradigm”: where Marshall Sahlins keeps up a steady stream of pamphlets as Executive Publisher. For years the older Prickly Pear pamphlets floated around — a xeroxed copy of Sahlins’s Waiting for Foucault was a necessary fashion accessory when I was in graduate school — in various forms, and I considered myself to be pretty hardcore to have taken the time to snag a copy of Marilyn Strathern’s The Relation off of Abe books. But now “the original Prickly Pear pamphlets are available and free to download”: on Keith Hart’s site, thanks to the work of Justin Shaffner. I’d encourage you to check out the list — more little tidbits in PDF form is always a good thing.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

3 thoughts on “From Pear to Paradigm and back again

  1. Alas, the famous “Waiting for Foucault” is not available as a free download. You still have to buy it for $10.

  2. Does anyone know what happened to the prickly pear pamphlet postings? The link doesn’t work and I can’t find anything on Keith Hart’s website.

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