Recent Dutch and Belgian Approaches to Ethnicity in Africa

Author Biographies

Kees Schilder, African Studies Centre Leiden,

African Studies Centre

Wim Van Binsbergen, Vakgroep Culturele Antropologie/Sociologie der Niet-westerse Samenlevingen Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Antropology, Sociology

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Kees Schilder (African Studies Centre Leiden,)

Wim Van Binsbergen (Vakgroep Culturele Antropologie/Sociologie der Niet-westerse Samenlevingen Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)

Published Mar 5, 1993

Abstract




The papers in the present special issue of Afrika Focus are discussed from a comparative and theoretical perspective, which highlights the shortcomings of current approaches to African ethnicity on two counts: the assumption that ethnicity is a colonial creation, and the over-emphasis on political manipulation. The papers here presented suggest that there is a case for a re-assessment of the limits to ethnic manipulation, and the exploration of the explanatory value of local cultures considered over considerable time periods.


KEY WORDS : ethnicity, Africa, colonialism, cultureĀ 





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