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- DescriptionThis volume presents for the first time the selected photographs of rewned British anthropologist Isaac Schapera (1905-2003). Taken between 1929 and 1934, largely during his earliest work among the Kgatla peoples of Bechuanaland (w Botswana), the images in this selection reveal an emotional engagement and aesthetic impulse that Schapera seldom expressed in his writings. Covering a broad spectrum of daily activities, they include depictions of everything from pot making, thatching, and cattle herding to village architecture, vernacular medicine, and rainmaking ceremonies. Visually fascinating and of exceptional quality, these images capture the uniqueness of an African people in a particular time and place. They are contexualized and their significance explained in Jean and John Comaroff's insightful introduction, while Adam Kuper's illuminating biographical sketch of Schapera provides new insight into the life of the photographer. Picturing a Colonial Past reveals t only a rare side of old Botswana, but also of one of the most famous anthropologists to ever work there.
- Author BiographyJohn L. Comaroff is the Harold W. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and a senior research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Jean Comaroff is the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory at the University of Chicago. Both are also honorary professors at the University of Cape Town. Deborah James is a reader in the Department of Anthropology and member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics.
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication22/06/2007
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note139 halftones
- Weight678 g
- Width214 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byDeborah James,Jean Comaroff,John L. Comaroff
- Edition StatementNew edition
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