Gonçalves, Euclides

A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa

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Anthropology conducted in Africa has been central to the methodological and theoretical development of the discipline since it was first institutionalized in the late 19th century. Written and edited by a team of leading cultural anthropologists on the subject, A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa compiles a collection of insightful essays that address all aspects of life on the continent of Africa. Chapters within explore the extent to which anthropological thinking on this topic has been, or remains, influenced by the theoretical traditions, whilst others consider the extent to which anthropological thinking has been transformed by growing interest in using anthropological knowledge to critically address practical concerns and public problems such as war, poverty, and public health.

This Companion is presented in four parts. The first part looks at enduring themes—tracing the development of anthropological thinking and the current debates about themes such as witchcraft, kinship, law and justice that have demonstrated remarkable staying power in the anthropology of Africa. The second section considers topics that began to garner attention during decolonization and in its immediate aftermath. Such topics include mobility and displacement, urbanism, and political violence. The third part comprises topics such as trauma, social justice, sex and sexuality that have become the central concern of anthropologists of Africa since its many nations gained their independence. It also looks at ‘hot topics’ like social media, humanitarianism, and environmentality. The final section considers the role that Africanist anthropology has played in informing other Africanist disciplines, and reflects on the politics of representation within the discipline as well.

Filled with a wide variety of expert opinions and observations across chapters which are highly sophisticated in their coverage, A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa is an essential reference resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researching anthropologists.


Africa; African anthropology; African diaspora; anthropology; social anthropology; political science; African political science; African policies; practical concerns of Africa; Africa today; African history; the Africanist wing; political science in Africa; Africanist anthropology; international social science; African social science; African social system; modern Africa; post-colonial Africa; anthropological thought; life in Africa; the economic anthropology of Africa; A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa

, Social & Cultural Anthropology, African / African-American Studies, Social & Cultural Anthropology, African/African-American Studies
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
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Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology
Page amount
488 pages
Geography, Travel
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