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A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa. Edition No. 1. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology

  • ID: 4535285
  • Book
  • January 2019
  • Region: Africa
  • 488 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

An essential collection of scholarly essays on the anthropology of Africa, offering a thorough introduction to the most important topics in this evolving and diverse field of study

The study of the cultures of Africa has been central to the methodological and theoretical development of anthropology as a discipline since the late 19th-century. As the anthropology of Africa has emerged as a distinct field of study, anthropologists working in this tradition have strived to build a disciplinary conversation that recognizes the diversity and complexity of modern and ancient African cultures while acknowledging the effects of historical anthropology on the present and future of the field of study.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa is a collection of insightful essays covering the key questions and subjects in the contemporary anthropology of Africa with a key focus on addressing the topics that define the contemporary discipline. Written and edited by a team of leading cultural anthropologists, it is an ideal introduction to the most important topics in the field, both those that have consistently been a part of the critical dialogue and those that have emerged as the central questions of the discipline’s future.

Beginning with essays on the enduring topics in the study of African cultures, A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa provides a foundation in the contemporary critical approach to subjects of longstanding interest. With these subjects as a groundwork, later essays address decolonization, the postcolonial experience, and questions of modern identity and definition, providing representation of the diverse thinking and scholarship in the modern anthropology of Africa.

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Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1
Roy Richard Grinker, Stephen C. Lubkemann, Christopher B. Steiner, and Euclides Gonçalves

Part I Enduring Themes 13

1 The Economic Anthropology of Africa 15
Jane I. Guyer

2 Revisiting the Social Bedrock of Kinship and Descent in the Anthropology of Africa 33
Pauline E. Peters

3 Witchcraft in Africa 63
James H. Smith

4 Law, Dispute Resolution, and Justice 81
Jessica Johnson

5 Illness and Healing: Africanist Anthropology 97
Rebecca L. Upton

6 Power, Meaning, and Materiality in the Anthropology of African Religions South of the Sahara: A Dialogue with Religious Studies 119
Joseph Hellweg and Jesse C. Miller

Part II Critical and Decolonizing Themes 145

7 Who Are the New Natives? Ethnicity and Emerging Idioms of Belonging in Africa 147
George Paul Meiu

8 Culture by Other Means: An Africanist Anthropology of Political Violence and War 173
Danny Hoffman

9 The Anthropology of Forced Migration in Africa 199
Stephen C. Lubkemann

10 Sex and Sexuality in Africa 229
Suzanne LeclercMadlala

Part III Postcolonial and Emerging Themes 249

11 Social Trauma and Recovery: Emergent Themes 251
Victor Igreja and Erin Baines

12 Questioning Humanitarian Exceptions 271
Louisa Lombard

13 Rights, Inequality, and Social Justice 289
Carolyn Rouse

14 Anthropology and the Politics of Childhood in Africa 307
Kristen E. Cheney

15 Africa Has Moved!: New African Diasporas and the Anthropology of Transnationalizing Africa 323
Dianna Shandy and Stephen C. Lubkemann

16 Anthropological Approaches to Media in Africa 351
Katrien Pype and Alessandro Jedlowski

17 Environmental Anthropology in Africa: From Cattle Complex to Environmentality 375
Raquel Rodrigues Machaqueiro and Roy Richard Grinker

Part IV Reflexivity 397

18 Anthropology and Africanist Political Science 399
Eric Kramon

19 African Anthropological Practice in the “Era of Aid”: Towards a Critique of Disciplinary Canons 415
Euclides Gonçalves

20 African Participation in, and Perspectives on, the Politics of Knowledge Production in Africanist Anthropology 439
Mwenda Ntarangwi

Index 459

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Stephen C. Lubkemann George Washington University, USA.

Christopher B. Steiner Connecticut College.

Roy Richard Grinker George Washington University.

Euclides Gonçalves
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