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Max Gluckman

Hugh Macmillan

184 pages, 11 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-172-2 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (March 2024)

ISBN  978-1-80539-174-6 $24.95/£19.95 / Pb / Published (March 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-463-1 eBook

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“The reader will learn a lot about Max Gluckman ... The author goes into a great deal of detail about several central topics … and hits the highlights of his imposing career.” • Herbert Lewis, University of Wisconsin-Madison


This handy, concise biography describes the life and intellectual contribution of Max Gluckman (1911-75) who was one the most significant social anthropologists of the twentieth century.

Max Gluckman was the founder in the 1950s of the Manchester School of Social Anthropology. He did fieldwork among the Zulu of South Africa in the 1930s and the Lozi of Northern Rhodesia/Zambia in the 1940s. This book describes in detail his academic career and the lasting influence of his Analysis of A Social Situation in Modern Zululand (1940-42) and of his two large monographs on the legal system of the Lozi.

From the Introduction:
Max Gluckman was the most influential of a group of social anthropologists who emerged from South Africa during the 1930s into what was essentially a new academic discipline. His description and analysis of events in real time implied a rejection of contemporary social anthropological practice, of the ‘ethnographic present’, and of hypothetical or conjectural reconstructions and an acceptance of the need to study ‘primitive’ societies in the context of the modern world.

Hugh Macmillan is a historian who has published widely on the history of Southern Africa. He has been a research associate at the University of Oxford's Centre of African Studies and is currently a senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg's Centre for Social Change. His most recent publication is a short biography of Oliver Tambo (Jacana Media, 2018).

Subject: Anthropology (General)Theory and Methodology
Area: AfricaNorthern Europe


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