Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and Her Interpreters (The International African Library 44)

Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and Her Interpreters (The International African Library 44)

By: Andrew Bank (editor), Leslie J. Bank (editor)Hardback

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Inside African Anthropology offers an incisive biography of the life and work of South Africa's foremost social anthropologist, Monica Hunter Wilson. By exploring her main fieldwork and intellectual projects in southern Africa between the 1920s and 1960s, the book offers insights into her personal and intellectual life. Beginning with her origins in the remote Eastern Cape, the authors follow Wilson to the University of Cambridge and back into the field among the Mpondo of South Africa, where her studies resulted in her 1936 book Reaction to Conquest. Her fieldwork focus then shifted to Tanzania, where she teamed up with her husband, Godfrey Wilson. In the 1960s, Wilson embarked on a new urban ethnography with a young South African anthropologist, Archie Mafeje, one of the many black scholars she trained. This study also provides a meticulously researched exploration of the indispensable contributions of African research assistants to the production of this famous woman scholar's cultural knowledge about mid-twentieth-century Africa.

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Andrew Bank is Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He has been commissioning editor of the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories since 2001 and is a member of the editorial board for the South African Historical Journal. Leslie J. Bank is Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He is the author of Home Spaces, Street Styles: Contesting Power and Identity in a South African City (2011). He is a member of the editorial board of the International Africa Institute journal, Africa, and is the current president of the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa.


Introduction Andrew Bank; Part I. Pondoland and the Eastern Cape: 1. Family, friends, and mentors: Monica Hunter at Lovedale and Cambridge, 1908-30 Andrew Bank; 2. The 'intimate politics' of fieldwork: Monica Hunter and her African assistants, Pondoland and the Eastern Cape, 1931-2 Andrew Bank; 3. City dreams, country magic: re-reading Monica Wilson's East London fieldnotes Leslie J. Bank; Part II. Bunyakyusa: 4. Pondo pins and Nyakyusa hammers: Monica and Godfrey in Bunyakyusa Rebecca Marsland; 5. Working with the Wilsons: the brief career of a 'Nyakyusa clerk', Leonard Mwaisumo (1910-38) Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi, Timothy Mwakasekele and Andrew Bank; Part III. Fort Hare and the University of Cape Town: 6. 'Your intellectual son': Monica Wilson and her students at Fort Hare, 1944-6 Sean Morrow; 7. Witchcraft and the academy: Livingstone Mqotsi, Monica Wilson, and the Middledrift healers, 1945-57 Leslie J. Bank; 8. 'Speaking from inside': Archie Mafeje, Monica Wilson, and the co-production of Langa: A study of social groups in an African township Andrew Bank with Vuyiswa Swana; Part IV. Legacy: 9. 'Part of one whole': anthropology and history in the work of Monica Wilson Sean Morrow and Christopher Saunders; 10. Gleanings and leavings: encounters in hindsight Pamela Reynolds; Bibliography.

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  • publication date: 31/03/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781107029385
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 374
  • ID: 9781107029385
  • weight: 720
  • ISBN10: 1107029384

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