(1902 –1973) A wide-ranging British anthropologist whose fieldwork took him to Welsh villages, the Yuma and Hopi tribes of the American Southwest, and the Yakö of Nigeria. Forde was a dominant figure in the crowded field of African anthropology in postwar Britain. He was a prodigious producer and facilitator of Africanist work, publishing several studies of Yakö society and becoming editor of the journal Africa in 1944. Methodologically, Forde was a strong advocate of a unified approach to anthropology that took account of the interrelations between the ecological, political, linguistic, and biological dimensions of society—this at a time when increased disciplinary specialization and the dominance of structural-functionalism had greatly narrowed the field of legitimate anthropological subjects. This generalist approach and the impetus he gave to the field of African studies is the core of his considerable legacy. Forde's major works include Habitat, Economy and Society (1934), Marriage and Family among the Yakö (1941), The Context of Belief (1958), and Yakö Studies (1964).
From Dictionary of the Social Sciences in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Social Sciences.