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Spanning the interval from the overdue 19th to the early twenty-first centuries, The Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology includes virtually 600 individually-signed entries from an international staff of participants and gives a huge, and engaging review of the old and modern achieve of anthropological study.

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Phil. (Institute of Social Anthropology, 1957), he went to the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, Lusaka, where he undertook fieldwork among the Nsenga, publishing papers on their history, social and political ideas, and, with John Blacking, their music. He was also responsible for organising workshops on the practical and social scientific problems of contemporary Africa. Thereafter, with posts in Nigeria and Uganda (as professor of sociology at Makerere), and in Europe (IDS Sussex, East Anglia, the Hague, and later Swansea), he increasingly focused on the problems of development, including land settlement schemes, planned social change, and the sociology of planning and planners (or ‘planistrators’ as he likes to call them).

The most important meeting place occupied the highest possible spot on the summit of the rock on which Ochollo was perched, in congruence with an ideology that valued the ‘high’ more than the ‘low’. Abélès’s next important study dealt with politics in the French département of Yonne in Burgundy. He combined fieldwork with archival study reaching back to the middle of the nineteenth century In the local context, power was often transmitted by family dynasties, the family name guaranteeing eligibility by itself.

1986) Independents Declared: The Dilemmas of Independent Trucking, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. (1994) Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation, New York: William Morrow. (1996[1980]) The Professional Stranger: An Informal Introduction to Ethnography, second edn, New York: Academic Press. Aguirre-Beltran, Gonzalo b. 7 September 1908, Tlacotalpan (Veracruz), Mexico d. 5 February 1996, Veracruz, Mexico Gonzalo Aguirre-Beltran explored a wide range of subjects and issues: race relations, medical anthropology, cultural change, applied linguistics, development, political anthropology, regional studies.

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