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Title:Early social anthropology in South Africa
Author:Gordon, RobertISNI
Year:1990
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:49
Issue:1
Pages:15-48
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:anthropology
Anthropology and Archaeology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020189008707715
Abstract:Radcliffe-Brown's days in South Africa seem to have been overlooked by historians of anthropology, although it was there in 1923 that he published an essay which shattered the world of traditional British social anthropology. In 1920 a Chair of Anthropology was established at the University of Cape Town, as the nucleus of a School of African Life and Languages. The Chair was occupied by Radcliffe-Brown from 1921 to 1926. This article examines Radcliffe-Brown's impact on South African anthropology, as well as his attitude towards the native question and towards the application of anthropology to South Africa's native problems. App., bibliogr., notes.
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