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Anthropology after GluckmanThe Manchester School, colonial and postcolonial transformations$
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Richard Werbner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526138002

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526138019

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Max Gluckman in South Africa: role model, early leadership

Max Gluckman in South Africa: role model, early leadership

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(p.15) 1 Max Gluckman in South Africa: role model, early leadership
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Anthropology after Gluckman
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Richard Werbner

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526138019.00007

Max Gluckman’s formative years in South Africa were highly important for his masterpiece, The Judicial Process among the Barotse, and his long-term projects as a social anthropologist. This account discloses his father’s significance as a much-admired role model, a public-spirited lawyer, a cosmopolitan and liberal anglophile, who himself fought, documented and analysed a remarkable legal and political struggle in the Bechuanaland Protectorate under colonial rule. From the fact that his father lost this struggle, Gluckman learned a lesson of vulnerability; that in becoming an anti-colonial, anti-apartheid activist and public intellectual who spoke to wider audiences through the press and radio, he had to endure failure as well as success.

Keywords:   judicial process, case method, justice, moral reasoning, cross-cultural similarity, legal realism, team leadership, colonialism, anti-apartheid

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