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African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century


About the Series

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 https://www.routledge.com/ or available as pdfs from the publishers.

 

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Umbundu Kinship and Character

Umbundu Kinship and Character

1st Edition

By Gladwyn Murray Childs
April 28, 2020

Originally published in 1949, this book discusses Umbundu social structure and education, with particular reference to how both of these adapted as Angola's contact with Western influences increased in the first half of the twentieth century. Using materials gathered in the field, this volume ...

Valenge Women Social and Economic Life of the Valenge Women of Portuguese East Africa

Valenge Women: Social and Economic Life of the Valenge Women of Portuguese East Africa

1st Edition

By E. Dora Earthy
April 28, 2020

When first published in 1933, this monograph shed new light on the life of the Valenge women of Portuguese East Africa. It discusses their social organisations, family relationships, education, tribal customs, and contains detailed information concerning initiation rites, religion, magic and ...

West African City A Study of Tribal Life in Freetown

West African City: A Study of Tribal Life in Freetown

1st Edition

By Michael Banton
April 28, 2020

Originally published in 1957 this volume deals with the issue of large scale immigration into Freetown, Sierra Leone from the rural areas in the 1950s and the problems which arose as a result. It analyzes the way traditional social systems had to adjust to the demands of urban life and charts the ...

West African Kingdoms in the Nineteenth Century

West African Kingdoms in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Edited By Daryll Forde, P. M. Kaberry
April 28, 2020

Originally published in 1967 this volume presents studies of 10 West African kingdoms which have played an important part in the economic, political and cultural life of the region. Ranging geographically from the kingdom of Benin in southern Nigeria to the Wolof kingdom of Kayor in Senegal, they ...

Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rhodesia

Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rhodesia

1st Edition

By J. R. Crawford
April 28, 2020

Originally published in 1967, this book is a study of witchcraft and sorcery among the Shona, Ndebele and Kalanga peoples of Zimbabwe. It analyses in their social context verbatim evidence and confessions from a comprehensive series of judicial records. It provides the first systematic ...

Witchcraft, Sorcery and Social Categories Among the Safwa

Witchcraft, Sorcery and Social Categories Among the Safwa

1st Edition

By Alan Harwood
April 28, 2020

Originally published in 1970, this book explores the role of concepts of disease in the social life of the Safwa of Tanzania, particularly through beliefs concerning witchcraft and sorcery. Examining Safwa ideas about the cuasation of disease and death and the use of aetiological terms in actual ...

Yakö Studies

Yakö Studies

1st Edition

By Daryll Forde
April 28, 2020

Originally published in 1964 this volume collects together 25 years' worth of journal articles from the UK and USA. It brings together detailed descriptions and analyses of various aspects of the Yakö peoples of the Cross River area of Eastern Nigeria and includes sections on social organization, ...

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

1st Edition

Edited By Various Authors
August 22, 2018

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 ...

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