The Enigma of Max Gluckman, (ePub/PDF) examines one of essentially the most highly effective British anthropologists of the 20th century. South African–born Max Gluckman was the initiator of what grew to become often called the Manchester School of social anthropology, a distinguished determine in the anthropology of anticolonialism and battle principle in southern Africa, and one of essentially the most inventive structuralist and Marxist anthropologists of his age group. From his standing at Oxford University as a graduate scholar and lecturer to his profession at Manchester, Gluckman was identified to be type and engaged along with his closest colleagues however hostile and brutish in his criticisms of their work if it didn’t contribute to social justice and liberal imaginative and prescient he held for the self-discipline.
Conventional histories of anthropology have thought-about Gluckman as an outlier from standard British social anthropology primarily based on his occupation on the University of Manchester and his grumpy method. He was undoubtedly not the colonial gentleman typical of his British colleagues in the sector. Gluckman was deeply concerned with subject analysis in southern Africa on the Zulus, in Barotseland with the Lozi, and in addition in relation along with his directorship of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute from 1941 to 1947, which hid his rising critique of anthropology’s strategies and ties to Western colonialism and racial domination in the subcontinent.
Robert J. Gordon’s biography skillfully reconsiders the colourful life of Max Gluckman and restores his profession in the British anthropological custom.
“A strong account of Max Gluckman’s family background and his educational and political formation. A particularly captivating section deals with Gluckman’s research in Zululand in the 1930s.” — Adam Kuper, visiting lecturer of anthropology at Boston University and creator of Anthropology and Anthropologists: The British School in the Twentieth Century
“Gordon is a prominent scholar of the history of anthropology and an expert of the anecdote, who excels in bringing to light unfamiliar and forgotten traits of the past. In this biography, he turns his attention to Max Gluckman, one of the most powerful, but at the same time, scandalous, anthropologists of modern times. The result is intriguing reading, which deepens our understanding of the social relations personified in anthropological work.” — Isak Niehaus, senior professor in anthropology at Brunel University London and creator of Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa
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