Anthropology in Action: An Experiment in the Iringa District of the Iringa Province Tanganyika Terrirtory, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Anthropology in Action

An Experiment in the Iringa District of the Iringa Province Tanganyika Terrirtory, 1st Edition

By G. Gordon Brown, A. McD Bruce Hutt


288 pages

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Originally published in 1935, when the province of Iringa in what is now Tanzania was still under British administrative control, this book is inevitably a product of its time, but nonetheless it represents an important project in collaboration between an anthropologist and a government official. Factors such as tribal organization and changes of it to aid administration are discussed as well as particular details relating to Hehe marriage and divorce are also examined. With regard to the political organization of the tribe the position of the headmen came under scrutiny as did the existence and basis of local loyalties. A close study of the native judicial system resulted in many mis-understandings between the District Office and the tribal authorities.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Nature and Method of the Experiment

Part 2. The Hehe Tribe

1. Social Organization

2. Law

3. Land Tenure

4. Economics

5. Religion

6. Other Customs

Part 3: The Changing Tribe

7. Administration

8. Taxation

9. European Law

10. New Religious Beliefs

11. Education

12. European Settlement

Part 4: Conclusions

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

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.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies