This article attempts a preliminary discussion of the three
clusters of Archie Mafeje’s work. While Mafeje called for ‘non-disciplinarity’,
as against ‘interdisciplinarity’ or ‘disciplinarity’, this
article makes a case for why he should be read as a revolutionary sociologist.
In so doing, the article pieces together some of the key elements
of his oeuvre. The article consists of four main parts. The first part provides
some background and contextualises this article. The second part
deals with Mafeje’s programmatic critique of the discipline of anthropology
and other social sciences. The third part discusses his work on
land and agrarian issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The last section focuses
on his work on revolutionary theory and politics, with specific reference
to his assessment of the responsibility of the African intellectual.