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Title Inside African anthropology : Monica Wilson and her interpreters / Andrew Bank, Leslie J. Bank
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series The international African library
International African library
Contents pt. 1. Pondoland and the Eastern Cape -- pt. 2. Bunyakyusa -- pt. 3. Fort Hare and the University of Cape Town -- pt. 4. Legacy
Summary "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 through a massive personal archive, the book offers insights into the personal and intellectual life of a leading African anthropologist. Beginning with her origins in the remote Eastern Cape, the authors follow Wilson to Cambridge University 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. She later returned to South Africa to begin her teaching career at Fort Hare University and record her Tanzanian research. 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 indispensible contributions of African research assistants and co-researchers to the production of this famous woman scholar's cultural knowledge about mid-twentieth century Africa."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Wilson, Monica, 1908-1982
Wilson, Monica, 1908-1982.
Ethnologists -- South Africa -- Biography
Women ethnologists -- South Africa -- Biography
Women ethnologists.
South Africa.
Südafrika Kontinent
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Bank, Andrew
Bank, Leslie John
LC no. 2012051626
ISBN 9781139333634 (electronic bk.)
1139333631 (electronic bk.)