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Author Spiegel, Andrew, interviewee

Title South African anthropology in conversation : an intergenerational interview on the history and future of social anthropology in South Africa / Jessica L. Dickson in conversation with Andrew D. Spiegel
Published Mankon, Bamenda : Langaa Research & Publishing CIG, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xliv, 136 pages) : portraits
Contents Acknowledgements -- Conversation starters -- Introduction to intergenerational conversations with a combative anthropologist -- Prefatory comment -- Finding politics -- Coming to anthropology -- UCT in the '70s -- Volkekunde and academic apartheid -- Doing anthropology under apartheid -- Tradition and transition -- What's left -- Coda
Summary In the 1980s, the University of Cape Town's social anthropology department was predominantly oriented by an 'expose' style of critical scholarship. The enemy was the apartheid state, the ethical imperative was clear and a combative metaphor for doing research motivated the department. Andrew David Spiegel, known affectionately as 'Mugsy' by his students and colleagues, has been a central, if understated, figure of this history and helped to frame the theoretical charge of a generation of students looking to counter apartheid from 'inside'. In a series of interviews between the senior professor and one of his students - Jessica Dickson - Spiegel offers a unique perspective from the centre of anthropology's recent history in South Africa
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-136)
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Spiegel, Andrew.
Apartheid -- South Africa.
Ethnology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- South Africa.
Ethnology -- South Africa -- History.
Marxist anthropology -- South Africa.
Form Electronic book
Author Dickson, Jessica L., interviewer
ISBN 9789956792887 (electronic bk)
9956792888 (electronic bk)