Lawino's People: The Acholi of Uganda

Author(s): Frank Knowles Girling, Okot p'Bitek
ISBN13/Barcode: 9783643905383

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Okot p'Bitek's epic poem, Song of Lawino, debates Acholi customs around the time that Uganda became independent. This book presents seminal anthropological works from that period by p'Bitek himself and by Frank Girling, who was researching among the Acholi when p'Bitek was a teenager. They were both introduced to anthropology in Oxford by Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard, and they both faced difficulties writing up their fieldwork. Girling, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, was a suspected communist activist, and was expelled from Uganda in 1950. Against the odds, he managed to complete his doctorate, but the Colonial Office demanded cuts to the published version. Okot p'Bitek is a famous African creative writer, but his engaging anthropological studies have been unjustly neglected. He found academic ideas about Africans taught at Oxford misconceived and offensive. He rejected established analytical approaches and, consequently, the university failed his doctorate in 1970. Series: Classics in African Anthropology

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ISBN13/Barcode 9783643905383
ISBN10 3643905386
Author Frank Knowles Girling, Okot p'Bitek
Binding Paperback
Date Published 30 Nov 2019
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 628
Publisher Lit Verlag

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