In Pursuit of History: Fieldwork in Africa

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The accounts presented here cover a surprising range of issues, from practical questions of daily life (where to live, what to cook) to methodological concerns about what is true, and true for whom? The individual stories are both entertaining, and instructive. One researcher had a newly laid roof stolen in the middle of the night, while another was shadowed by the security police. One woman was initiated into a secret society, while yet another faced a trial after having been accused of witchcraft. In her ...
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The accounts presented here cover a surprising range of issues, from practical questions of daily life (where to live, what to cook) to methodological concerns about what is true, and true for whom? The individual stories are both entertaining, and instructive. One researcher had a newly laid roof stolen in the middle of the night, while another was shadowed by the security police. One woman was initiated into a secret society, while yet another faced a trial after having been accused of witchcraft. In her introduction, Carolyn Adenaike summarizes the particular challenges faced by recent history researchers in Africa. The epilogue by Jan Vansina - in many ways the pioneer of oral history methods - places the evolution of research practices in the broad context of European commercial expansion.
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An admirable chronicle sharing the experiences of young scholars conducting historical field research in Africa. The ten papers field academic questions of methodology and relevancy, but are most interesting for their anecdotal descriptions of how each "student" lived and his or her particular engagement with the community, experiences that range from having a newly laid roof stolen in the middle of the night to being shadowed by security police and accused of witchcraft. The stories are adventures not available to most people, valuable for their wit and intelligence. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“The accounts are refreshingly personal, often brutally honest, and cover an impressive range of issues - from practical matters of daily life ... to methodological concerns about "truth," "falsehood," and all that comes in between. Overall, the contributions are well written, jargon-free, and easily accessible.”–Jean Allman, University of Minnesota
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435089900
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 12/2/1996
  • Series: Social History of Africa Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Keyes Adenaike completed her Ph.D. in African history in 1993, after spending several years carrying out research in Nigeria. Now at Vassar College, she has previously taught at Hunter College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Jan Vansina is professor emeritus of history and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Widely considered one of the founders of the discipline of African history, he has published numerous books on history, anthropology, and research methods in Africa.

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Table of Contents

Prologue , the editors

Reading the Pursuit: An Introduction, Carolyn Keyes Adenaike

Life During Research, Carolyn Keyes Adenaike

Fieldwork among Neighbors: An African's View of Another African Country, Tefetso Henry Mothibe

Both Sides of the Border: The Impact of the Political Milieu on Field Research in Burundi and Tanzania, Michele D. Wagner

Women's Work in Kano, Beverly B. Mack

Learning the Dance, Initiating Relationships, Sheryl McCurdy

Suspected of Sorcery, Z. S. Strother

Falsehood, Truth, and Thinking Between: Histories of Affiliation and Ethnogenesis, Paul Stuart Landau

A Moment in the Middle: Fieldwork in the Nuba Hills, Janet J. Ewald

A Double Exile: Extended African Residences and the Paradoxes of Homecoming, Richard A. Shain

Venture into Tio Country, Jan Vansina

Epilogue : Fieldwork in History, Jan Vansina

Maps

Bibliography

Index

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