Anthropology and Africa Changing Perspectives on a Changing Scene

ISBN-10: 0813915058

ISBN-13: 9780813915050

Edition: 1994

Authors: Sally Falk Moore

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No one working in Africa today or studying Africa in any discipline whatever can afford to ignore the anthropological literature. It has long been the foundational background for a variety of African studies. However, there has never been a succinct historical description of the way the Africanist field has evolved in anthropology, together with a broad bibliographical guide. This book supplies that basic information. But it does more It reviews the field as a controversial history of ideas. African studies in anthropology throw light on the way Anglo-Europeans and Americans have conceived of the rest of the world and the way academic disciplines have changed in this century.
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Book details

List price: $23.50
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 4/29/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Anthropology and Africa: Beginnings
The Idea of Social Evolution and the Colonial Project
Anthropology Professionalizes: New Standards of Evidence and New Criteria of Classification
The Middle Colonial Period, 1920-40
Early Days: American and French Anthropologists in Africa
The Colonial Context and British Social Anthropology: The 1920s and 1930s
Professional Fieldwork and the Era of Malinowski
The Later Colonial Period to 1960
The 1940s and 1950s: Radcliffe-Brown, Evans-Pritchard, and Fortes
Migration and Urban Life: Transformable Identities
Portable Knowledge and Mutable Connections
From "Tribe" to Town: Shifts of Scope and Method
The City as a Totality
The Wilsons and the Mayers: The "Detribalization" and "Conservatism" Question
Urban Africans as Workers
Why Two Paradigms, "Tribe" and "Town"?
Networks, Associations, and Classes
African Independence and Anthropological Specialization, 1960-90
Introduction: Academia Questions Itself, or, the Snake Bites Its Own Tail
Dated Compendia and Subsequent Waves of Innovation
Topics and Categories
Balandier and the French Marxists
Economy, Kinship, and Gender
French Structuralism and Other Approaches to Modes of Thought, Religion, and the Symbolic Order
Politics, Pluralism, and Law
Past and Future: Conclusion and Recapitulation
References Cited
Author Index
Subject Index
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