Africanizing Anthropology Fieldwork, Networks, and the Making of Cultural Knowledge in Central Africa

ISBN-10: 0822326736
ISBN-13: 9780822326731
Edition: 2001
Authors: Lyn Schumaker
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Description: "Africanizing Anthropology" tells the story of the anthropological fieldwork centred at the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) during the mid-twentieth century. Focusing on collaborative processes rather than on the  More...

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

"Africanizing Anthropology" tells the story of the anthropological fieldwork centred at the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) during the mid-twentieth century. Focusing on collaborative processes rather than on the activity of individual researchers, Lyn Schumaker places anthropologists' assistants and informants in a central role in the making of anthropological knowledge. Schumaker shows how local conditions and local ideas about culture and history, as well as local people's previous experience of outsiders' interest, shape their responses to anthropological fieldwork and help them, in turn, to influence the construction of knowledge about their societies and lives. Bringing to the fore a wide range of actors-missionaries, administrators, settlers, the families of anthropologists - Schumaker places emphasis on the daily practices of researchers, demonstrating how these are as centrally implicated in the making of anthropological knowledge as the discipline's recognised methods. Using a prominent group of anthropologists - The Manchester School - she reveals, in particular, how they achieved the advances in theory and method that made them famous in the 1950s and 1960s. This book makes important contributions to anthropology, African history, and the history of science.

Acknowledgments
"The Water Follows the Stream"
Contexts and Chronologies
Archetypal Experiences
The Laboratory in the Field
"A Lady and an American"
Atop the Central African Volcano
Africanizing Anthropology
The Culture of Fieldwork
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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