Researching and writing in the twilight of an imagined conquest: anthropology in Northern Rhodesia 1930-1960

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Researching and writing in the twilight of an imagined conquest: anthropology in Northern Rhodesia 1930-1960

Type: Research paper
Title: Researching and writing in the twilight of an imagined conquest: anthropology in Northern Rhodesia 1930-1960
Author: Gewald, J.B.
Journal Title: ASC working paper
Issue: 75
Publisher: African Studies Centre
Issue Date: 2007
Keywords: Zambia
research centres
anthropological research
colonialism
historiography
Abstract: The rich corpus of material produced by anthropologists of the Rhodes Livingstone Institute (RLI) in Lusaka has come to dominate our understanding of Zambian societies and Zambia's past. The RLI was primarily concerned with the sociocultural effects of migrant labour. This paper argues that the anthropologists of the RLI worked from within a paradigm that was dominated by the experience of colonial conquest in South Africa. RLI anthropologists transferred their understanding of colonial conquest in South Africa to the Northern Rhodesian situation, without ever truly analysing the manner in which colonial rule had come to be established in Northern Rhodesia. As such the RLI anthropologists operated within a flawed understanding of the past. The paper argues that a historical paradigm of colonial conquest that was applicable to the South African situation came to be unquestioningly applied to the Northern Rhodesian situation. It concludes that current historiography dealing with the colonization of Zambia between 1890 and 1920 is seriously flawed and needs to be revised. [ASC Leiden abstract]
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12875
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12875
 

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