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Title:Return to the Malungwana Drift: Max Gluckman, the Zulu Nation and the Common Society
Author:Macmillan, Hugh
Year:1995
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:94
Issue:374
Period:January
Pages:39-65
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Zululand
Subjects:social integration
Zulu
ethnicity
anthropology
Anthropology and Archaeology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/723913
Abstract:Max Gluckman's 'Analysis of a social situation in modern Zululand', a series of three articles on ethnicity and conflict in Zululand, Natal and South Africa published in 1940-1942, is a landmark in South African social studies and the foundation text of what became known as the Manchester School of Social Anthropology. This paper examines the 'Analysis' as a contribution, first, to the contemporary debate within British anthropology on 'culture contact' and conflict, second, to the development of the idea of South Africa as a single or common society composed of heterogeneous culture groups, third, to the study of ethnicity, tradition and change with special reference to the Zulu nation. The paper also examines the later influence of the 'Analysis' in the fields of anthropology, history and politics. It shows that the 'Analysis' not only provided insights of lasting value into the local situation, but also contributed to the way in which these issues have been seen globally since that time. Above all, the paper demonstrates the lasting relevance of Gluckman's identification of two contrasting trends - the one towards the revival of the Zulu nation, and the other towards the absorption of the Zulu, as one group among many, in a wider South African synthesis. Notes, ref.
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