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French Perspectives in African Studies

A Collection of Translated Essays, 1st Edition

Edited by Pierre Alexandre


246 pages

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Originally published in 1973, this volume presents some of the main approaches that were developed by French Africanists during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The book covers social structure, kinship systems, economic change, ethnography, language, history and archaeology in West Africa.

Table of Contents

1. The Mother's Brother in the Western Sudan Marcel Griaule

2. Stylistic Study of a Dogon Text Geneviève Calame-Griaule

3. A Contribution to the Study of Blacksmiths in West Africa G. Dieterlen

4. Symbolic Monuments of the Logone-Birni Royal Palace (Northern Cameroons) Annie and Jean-Paul Lebeuf

5. Blood Pacts, Age classes and Castes in Black Africa Denise Paulme

6. Towards a History of the Yatenga Mossi Dominique Zahan

7. Traditional Social Structure and Economic Change Georges Balandier

8. The Study of Marriage and Urban Research Paul Mercier

9. Regional studies: Thoughts on the monographic Formula in Human Geography Gilles Sautter

10. Problems of Modern Political Terminology in African Languages Pierre Alexandre

11. On the Mode of Production of the Hunting Band Claude Meillassoux

12. Oral Tradition and Chronology Yves Person

13. Food and the Strategy Involved in Learning Fraternal Exchange Among Wolof Children Jacqueline Zempleni-Rabain

About the Editor

Pierre Alexandre

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