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Bongani Nyoka

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.

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Adam Branch

African and North American universities ( Zeleza 2007 ). Although many prominent African intellectuals critical of the Western tradition of scholarship on Africa – from Kwame Nkrumah to Jomo Kenyatta, Kofi Busia, Okot p’Bitek and Archie Mafeje – attended

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The Nemesis of the Suburbs

Richard Turner and South African Liberalism

Steven Friedman

black people and white Afrikaners. The first stirring of a new radicalism was a sit-in at the University of Cape Town in 1968 in protest at its withdrawal of the appointment of a black anthropologist, Archie Mafeje, in the face of pressure from the

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Valery B. Ferim

forces supply rebel movements with ammunition aimed at destabilising Africa’s nation states. As Archie Mafeje (1992: 11 –12) puts it, the historical experience of Africans has been an ‘experience of racial humiliation, economic exploitation, political

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Decolonizing Anthropology

Reflections from Cambridge

Heidi Mogstad and Lee-Shan Tse

of Malinowski and South African anthropologists’ responses to Nancy Scheper-Hughes’s (1995) call for militant anthropology (e.g. Ramphele 1996 ; Robins 1996 ), to Archie Mafeje’s (1998) critique of ‘epistemological apartheid’ (see also Nyamnjoh