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Title:Research on Ethiopian societies and cultures during the second half of the twentieth century
Author:Pankhurst, AlulaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 0304-2243)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Ethiopian studies
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Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41966134
Abstract:The consensus among both foreign and local scholars that Ethiopian anthropology is comparatively weak, underdeveloped and dominated by linguistic and historical biases requires some modification since it neglects contributions by missionaries, travellers and some anthropologists, both within the context of Italian colonialism and in spite of it. In addition, this view does not give credit to the role of Ethiopian student writings over the past fifty years, and the increasing importance of anthropology in Ethiopian studies in recent decades. The author goes on to sketch an outline of scholarly images of Ethiopia and a characterization of six major foreign research traditions - Italian, German, French, British, American and Japanese - in terms of historical, political and economic contexts and in relation to time, space, ethnicity and institutional factors. The final section provides an overview of research trends over the past fifty years and considers the contribution of Ethiopian ethnography to mainstream anthropological theory, changing trends, interdisciplinary perspectives, special topics and recent interests. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]