By Lyn Schumaker
Africanizing Anthropology tells the tale of the anthropological fieldwork founded on the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in the course of the mid-twentieth century. concentrating on collaborative methods instead of at the job of person researchers, Lyn Schumaker offers the assistants and informants of anthropologists a imperative function within the making of anthropological knowledge.Schumaker indicates how neighborhood stipulations and native rules approximately tradition and background, in addition to prior event of outsiders’ curiosity, form neighborhood people’s responses to anthropological fieldwork and aid them, in flip, to steer the development of information approximately their societies and lives. Bringing to the fore quite a lot of actors—missionaries, directors, settlers, the households of anthropologists—Schumaker emphasizes the day-by-day practices of researchers, demonstrating how those are as centrally implicated within the making of anthropological knowlege because the discipline’s tools. identifying a sought after staff of anthropologists—The Manchester School—she finds how they accomplished the advances in concept and procedure that made them well-known within the Fifties and 1960s.This e-book makes very important contributions to anthropology, African heritage, and the heritage of technology.
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Africa as frontier, ﬁeldwork as sport—did Read have such expectations of Africa? Similarly, how does her choice of dress reﬂect her class background or her need to project a certain image as a woman in the ﬁeld? Indeed, are anthropology’s practices gendered? Of interest also is the larger story of Read’s negotiations with the local community of white settlers, with the hierarchy of colonial administrators, and with the Ngoni royalty and villagers, implied in Lukhero’s image of the anthropologist in the ﬁeld.
Epstein would study the development of the African miners’ union (see chapter 6). Although the British Colonial Ofﬁce had earlier expressed concerns about the possible inﬂuence of communism or fascism on colonized peoples, Cold War McCarthyism in the United States played a powerful, though indirect, part in intensifying security fears in the British African colo- 28 Africanizing Anthropology nies, which would also lead to the suspicion that anthropologists might play a subversive role if they studied African political organization or mentioned politics while doing ﬁeldwork.
Belgian colonial social welfare policies that stressed settlement of workers and their families and the encouragement of a high birthrate often ﬁgured as models for those planners who wished to promote the idea of a settled African working class in British Central Africa. Direct competition with the Belgian Union Miniere company for African mine labor, in particular, made the Congo an important inﬂuence on mines’ and government thinking in the post–World War Two period. The rli was not only Africa-centered in the sense of being primarily shaped by Africa-centered colonial policies, but also in terms of its own personnel, the majority of whom were Africans when all job categories are counted as relevant.
Africanizing Anthropology: Fieldwork, Networks, and the Making of Cultural Knowledge in Central Africa by Lyn Schumaker