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Title:Inside African anthropology: Monica Wilson and her interpreters
Editors:Bank, AndrewISNI
Bank, Leslie JohnISNI
Series:International African library (ISSN 0951-1377)
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Geographic terms:South Africa
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About person:Monica Hunter Wilson (1908-1982)ISNI
Abstract:This biography of South Africa's foremost social anthropologist, Monica Hunter Wilson (MHW, 1908-1982), explores her main fieldwork and intellectual projects in southern Africa between the 1920s and 1960s. Her global reputation was built on ethnographic work on the Pondo (part I) of South Africa and the Nyakyusa of south-west Tanganyika (part II). Part III discusses her teaching career at Fort Hare Native College and the University of Cape Town, whereas part IV outlines her legacy. MHW was among the first to point South African historians towards the importance of the history of the majority of the population. Chapters: 1. biographical context; 2. first field work in Pondoland and the Eastern Cape; 3. urban fieldwork in East London (1932); 4 the collaboration with her husband Godfrey Wilson; 5 the contribution of one of her African research assistants, Leonard Mwaisumo; 6. MHW's two-and-a-half years at Fort Hare, where she developed ideas for an African studies research programme; 7. Livingstone Mqotsi, MHW's most talented social anthropology student, and his study of Xhosa witchcraft and the Middledrift Healers; 8. the study of Langa township with Archie Mafeje; 9. a long history of South Africa; and 10. the relationship of anthropologists and their research assistants. [ASC Leiden abstract]