Essays on the Ritual of Social Relations

Essays on the Ritual of Social Relations

Essays on the Ritual of Social Relations

Essays on the Ritual of Social Relations

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In 1959 Dr. Emrys Peters, then in charge of the Department of Social Anthropology in the University of Manchester, succeeded in persuading Professors E. E. Evans-Pritchard, C. D. Forde, and M. Fortes to deliver three lectures in 1960 under the Simon Fund (Social Sciences), and he arranged for the publication of the lectures by the University Press. Since Professor Evans-Pritchard lectured on quite a different topic, 'Anthropology and History', the Press decided it would be best to publish his lecture separately. Two lectures on their own do not make a book, so Dr. Peters asked our visitors if they would agree to the inclusion of an essay by Dr. Turner of our own Department (who had at one time held a Simon Fellowship), and a covering essay by myself. They generously agreed to this, even though this meant a year's delay in publication, and though it meant that their own essays, prepared for delivery to a general audience including undergraduate students of anthropology and 'laymen', would appear alongside essays prepared for delivery to an advanced seminar of staff and postgraduate students.

The origin of this book thus lies in our ability under the Simon Fund to invite distinguished colleagues to lecture in the University. I therefore take this opportunity of acknowledging how much that Fund has assisted the development of our Department, since its foundation in 1949. By enabling us to invite Visiting Professors and Research Fellows of senior as well as junior status, the Fund has enabled us to learn directly of work elsewhere, and to maintain continuity in our own research. The occasional lectures it has financed, like the two published here, have added immensely to the stimulus our colleagues from elsewhere were able to give us. I record these facts in gratitude to the late Lord Simon of . . .

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