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Dynamics of Political Domination in Africa
An Axel Sommerfelt Collection
Edited by Tone Sommerfelt, Marek Jakoubek, Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Afterword by Adam Kuper
252 pages, 4 ills., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-289-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (March 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-290-3 eBook Not Yet Published
Axel Sommerfelt has been an important influence on Norwegian and Scandinavian anthropology, but his contributions are almost unknown. This book brings together some of his critical writings, newly written articles and an interview which positions him in the history of ‘North Sea’ social anthropology and shows his continued relevance. An Africanist, Sommerfelt did research in Ruwenzori (Uganda and Belgian Congo), but also wrote about the Tallensi (Ghana) and worked for years in Salisbury (Harare) before being evicted by Ian Smith's racist regime in 1966. His contributions to political anthropology, methodology and legal anthropology have a lasting value.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. He is an honorary member of the Royal Anthropological Institute and external scientific member of the Max Planck Society. His most recent publication is Small Places, Large Issues (Pluto Press, 5th edition, 2023).
Marek Jakoubek is Associate Professor at University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. His research interests include the epistemology of social anthropology, theory of ethnicity and nationalism, national indifference, Bulgaria and the Balkans, and Roma/Gypsies.
Tone Sommerfelt is Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Her research focuses on changing kinship and marriage practices, mobility, moral politics of ethnicity and religion, and the ethnography of West Africa (Gambia, Ghana, Mali).
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