Africanizing Anthropology: Fieldwork, Networks, and the by Lyn Schumaker

By Lyn Schumaker

Africanizing Anthropology tells the tale of the anthropological fieldwork established on the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) throughout the mid-twentieth century. concentrating on collaborative tactics instead of at the task of person researchers, Lyn Schumaker supplies the assistants and informants of anthropologists a imperative function within the making of anthropological knowledge.Schumaker indicates how neighborhood stipulations and native principles approximately tradition and heritage, in addition to earlier event of outsiders’ curiosity, form neighborhood people’s responses to anthropological fieldwork and aid them, in flip, to steer the development of information approximately their societies and lives. Bringing to the fore quite a lot of actors—missionaries, directors, settlers, the households of anthropologists—Schumaker emphasizes the day-by-day practices of researchers, demonstrating how those are as centrally implicated within the making of anthropological knowlege because the discipline’s tools. deciding on a favourite staff of anthropologists—The Manchester School—she unearths how they accomplished the advances in thought and approach that made them well-known within the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.This ebook makes vital contributions to anthropology, African heritage, and the background of technological know-how.

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3 Archetypal Experiences The first field generation at the rli spanned the first directorship and most of the second, covering the years 1938 to 1945. Included in this generation were Godfrey Wilson, the first director from 1938 to 1941; Monica (Hunter) Wilson, who had already published work on Pondoland in South Africa; Max Gluckman, the senior sociologist from September 1939 and second director from 1941; Mary Gluckman; J. Desmond Clark, the archaeologist and curator of the RhodesLivingstone Museum, who would continue as curator until 1961; Betty Clark, who temporarily served as curator while Desmond Clark was away for war service; Gluckman’s research assistants and close associates in his Lozi research, Davidson Sianga, Francis Suu, and Mwendaweli Lewanika, the second being the administrative secretary of the Barotse native authority and the third a core member of the Lozi royal family; a number of African clerks, interpreters, and collectors; and, finally, a number of loosely associated administrators and technical officers, including Thomas Fox-Pitt, Hugh Cary-Jones, Colin Trapnell, D.

An Africacentered perspective would start with the movements in southern Africa that provided both a context and a motivation for establishing the rli there. ≥≤ Indeed, the growth of the rli out of local needs shaped it in ways that sometimes jeopardized its support from its metropolitan funders. For example, when the newly formed Colonial Social Science Research Council attempted to interpret in the strictest sense its policy that research institutes should be based near colonial universities, the establishment of a university in Northern Rhodesia was not felt to be possible in the foreseeable future.

The fifth chapter, ‘‘A Lady and an American,’’ discusses the directorship of Elizabeth Colson, 1947–1950. The experiences of Colson, and of other women associated with the rli as wives, mothers, doctors, assistants, and fieldworkers in their own right, is discussed in relation to current ideas about the effect of gender on method and the experiences of women anthropologists. ≥≤ Also during this time the rli’s intellectual network extended to Manchester where Gluckman had taken up the first chair in social anthropology.

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