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1st Edition

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Edited By

Daryll Forde

ISBN 9780815387138
Published August 22, 2018 by Routledge
23800 Pages

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Book Description

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


Table of Contents

1. Edited by Pierre Alexandre French Perspectives in African Studies: a collection of translated essays

2. Samir Amin Modern Migrations in Western Africa

3. Hugh Ashton The Basuto

4. C. G. Baëta Christianity in Tropical Africa

5. Michael Banton West African City

6. B. Bernardi The Mugwe

7. Edited by Daniel Biebuyck African Agrarian Systems

8. Paul Bohannan Justice and Judgement among the Tiv

9. E. W. Bovill Caravans of the Old Sahara

10. R. E. Bradbury Benin Studies

11. G. Gordon Brown and A. McD. Bruce Hutt Anthropology in Action

12. K. A. Busia The Position of the Chief in the Modern Political system of Ashanti

13. Ann Patricia Caplan Choice and Constraint in a Swahili Community

14. A. W. Cardinall Tales Told in Togoland

15. Gladwyn Murray Childs Umbundu Kinship and Character

16. Hans Cory Sukuma Law and Custom

17. Hans Cory and M. M. Hartnoll Customary Law of the Haya Tribe

18. J. R. Crawford Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rhodesia

19. Robert Delavignette Freedom and Authority in French West Africa

20. Dora Earthy Valenge Women

21. May M. Edel The Chiga of Western Uganda

22. Adrian Edwards The Ovimbundu under Two Sovereignties

23. Daryll Forde Marriage and the Family among the Yako in South-Eastern Nigeria

24. Daryll Forde Yakö Studies

25. Daryll Forde Efik Traders of Old Calabar

26. Edited by Daryll Forde and P. M. Kaberry West African Kingdoms in the Nineteenth Century

27. Meyer Fortes The Dynamics of Clanship among the Tallensi

28. Meyer Fortes The Web of Kinship among the Tallensi

29. Merran Fraenkel Tribe and Class in Monrovia

30. Edited by Max Gluckman Ideas and Procedures in African Customary Law

31. Jack Goody The Social Organisation of the Lo Wiili

32. Jack Goody Changing social structure in Ghana

33. Jack Goody Technology and Tradition and the State of Africa

34. Robert F. Gray The Sonjo of Tanganyika

35. Alan Harwood Witchcraft, Sorcery and Social Categories among the Safwa

36. C. Edward Hopen The Pastoral Fulbe family in Gwandu

37. P. P. Howell A Manual of Nuer Law

38. A. H. M. Kirk-Greene Adamawa Past and Present

39. E. Jensen Krige The Realm of a Rain Queen

40. Hilda Kuper An African Aristocracy

41. H. E. Lambert Kikuyu Social and Political Institutions

42. Robin Law The Horse in West African History

43. Rowena M. Lawson The Changing Economy of the Lower Volta 1954-67

44. P. C. Lloyd The New Elites of Tropical Africa

45. D. W. Malcolm Sukumaland

46. Jacques J. Maquet The Premise of Inequality in Ruanda

47. Claude Meillassoux The Development of Indigenous Trade and Markets in West Africa

48. Théodore Monod Pastoralism in Tropical Africa

49. S. F. Nadel A Black Byzantium

50. S. F. Nadel Nupe Religion

51. L.F. Nalder A Tribal Survey of Mongalla Province

52. G. St. J Orde-Browne The African Labourer

53. David Parkin Town and Country in Central and Eastern Africa

54. B. A. Pauw Religion in a Tswana Chiefdom

55. Arthur Phillips Survey of African Marriage and Family Life

56. Valdo Pons Stanleyville

57. Edited by Michael S. Sadler Arts of West Africa

58. Lamin O. Sanneh The Jakhanke

59. William A. Shack The Gurage

60. M. G. Smith Government in Zazzau, 1800-1950

61. Edited by Aidan Southall Social Change in Modern Africa

62. Hugh A. Stayt The Bavenda

63. Bronislaw Stefaniszyn Social and Ritual Life of the Ambo of Northern Rhodesia

64. Bengt G. M. Sundkler Bantu Prophets in South Africa

65. David Tait The Konkomba of Northern Ghana

66. Richard Thurnwald Economics in Primitive Communities

67. Hugh Tracey Chopi Musicians: their music, poetry and instruments

68. V.W. Turner The Drums of Affliction

69. Jan Vansina The Historian in Tropical Africa

70. Jan Vansina The Tio Kingdom of the Middle Kongo 1880-1892

71. Gunter Wagner The Bantu of North Kavirondo Vol 1

72. Gunter Wagner The Bantu of North Kavirondo Vol 2

73. A. K. H. Weinrich African Farmers in Rhodesia

74. Diedrich Westermann The African Today

75. Monica H. Wilson Good Company

76. Monica H. Wilson Rituals of Kinship among the Nyakyusa

77. Monica H. Wilson Communal Rituals of the Nyakyusa

78. Monica H. Wilson For Men and Elders

79. R. L. Wishlade Sectarianism in Southern Nyasaland


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'The International African Institute was at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology after 1930. These studies, re-issued by Routledge offer access to these hidden treasures. ' Andrew Bank, University of the Western Cape