Dynamics of Political Domination in Africa: An Axel Sommerfelt Collection. Edited by Tone Sommerfelt, Marek Jakoubek and Thomas Hylland Eriksen. Afterword by Adam Kuper

Edited volume

Sommerfelt, Axel (2024) Dynamics of Political Domination in Africa: An Axel Sommerfelt Collection. Edited by Tone Sommerfelt, Marek Jakoubek and Thomas Hylland Eriksen. Afterword by Adam Kuper. Oxford: Berghahn Books. Methodology and History in Anthropology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/9781805392897.

Berghahn Books

Axel Sommerfelt has been an important influence on Norwegian and Scandinavian anthropology, but his contributions are almost unknown. This book brings together some of his critical writings, newly written articles and an interview which positions him in the history of ‘North Sea’ social anthropology and shows his continued relevance. An Africanist, Sommerfelt did research in Ruwenzori (Uganda and Belgian Congo), but also wrote about the Tallensi (Ghana) and worked for years in Salisbury (Harare) before being evicted by Ian Smith's racist regime in 1966. His contributions to political anthropology, methodology and legal anthropology have a lasting value.

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