Africa, imperialism, and anthropology
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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on several dimensions of the intellectual and social dynamics by considering developments in metropolitan centres in tandem with those in specific African territories. Most imperial powers, however, were usually unable to control the content and function of Africans' ethnographic self-expression. The book also focuses on the 'internationalism' of the International Institute for African Languages and Cultures. It illustrates that German ethnographers positioned their African research in the interwar period as a way to help Germany to recover its empire and remain intellectually competitive with the other imperial power. The book considers relationships among colonial intelligence gathering, amateur ethnography, and disciplinary formation. It examines how 'ethnography, embedded in an administrative practice, was a legalist act'.

Ordering Africa

Anthropology, European imperialism, and the politics of knowledge


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