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Pioneers of the field, South Africa's women anthropologists, Andrew Bank

Focusing on the crucial contributions of women researchers, Andrew Bank demonstrates that the modern school of social anthropology in South Africa was uniquely female-dominated. The book traces the personal and intellectual histories of six remarkable women through the use of a rich cocktail of new archival sources, including family photographs, private and professional correspondence, field-notes and field diaries, published and other public writings and even love letters. The book also sheds new light on the close connections between their personal lives, their academic work and their anti-segregationist and anti-apartheid politics. It will be welcomed by anthropologists, historians and students in African studies interested in the development of social anthropology in twentieth-century Africa, as well as by students and researchers in the field of gender studies.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Rethinking the canon -- Feminizing the foundational narrative: the collaborative anthropology of Winifred Tucker Hoernle (1885-1960) -- An adopted daughter: Christianity and anthropology in the life and work of Monica Hunter Wilson (1908-1982) -- Anthropology and Jewish identity: The urban fieldwork and ethnographies of Ellen Hellmann (1908-1982) -- 'A genius for friendship': Audrey Richards at Wits, 1938-1940 -- Historical ethnography and ethnographic fiction: The South African writings of Hilda Beemer Kuper (1911-1992) -- Feminising the discipline: the long career of Eileen Jensen Krige (1904-1995) -- Conclusion: A humanist legacy
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 319 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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Form Of Item

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