An Anthropological Laboratory

in Africa as a Living Laboratory

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226803463
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226803487 | DOI:
An Anthropological Laboratory

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This chapter evaluates the changing attitudes of colonial officials to formal anthropological research and of anthropologists to empire and its apparatus of rule. The synergies and antagonisms of interactions between anthropologists and officials, especially in the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures (IIALC), the African Research Survey, and the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia shed light on how social anthropology ultimately attained a dominant position in research programs related to African development. Bronislaw Malinowski encouraged colonial and African studies to shed common prejudices toward the societies the British governed. Combined with the creation of the Scientific Council of Africa South of the Sahara in 1950, the Colonial Social Science Research Council (CSSRC) helped cement a transdisciplinary approach to human problems, with anthropology often at the helm.

Keywords: social anthropology; IIALC; African Research Survey; Rhodes-Livingstone Institute; Northern Rhodesia; Bronislaw Malinowski; CSSRC

Chapter.  21815 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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