Explorations in African Systems of Thought

Explorations in African Systems of Thought

Explorations in African Systems of Thought

Explorations in African Systems of Thought

Synopsis

Explorations in African Systems of Thought examines the problems currently faced by researchers in the analysis of systems of belief in African societies. In contrast to the prevailing emphasis on the analysis of partial systems of thought, such as witchcraft beliefs or spirit possesion, the present collection of thirteen original essays stresses a more broadly analytic approach that relates the study of African systems of thought to other aspects of culture and social organization in African societies.

Excerpt

This volume is the first in a new series, African Systems of Thought.We hope in this series to explore the diversity of approaches to the analysis of systems of thought found in African societies and to provide a forum for the presentation of research documenting such systems.Our emphasis in the series is decidedly cross-disciplinary. The analysis of African systems of thought belongs to no one discipline and the critical evaluation of research has crossed disciplinary boundaries in the past and will continue to do so in the future.In this first volume we have collected a number of essays, all original, which we think will introduce the reader to many of the different problems researchers are currently addressing. The essays reflect debates currently occupying specialists in this field, but they are also analyses of specific systems. Future volumes in this series will include monographs that examine either specific systems, such as a set of myths found in neighboring societies, or the thought systems of single societies. All of these studies will be based on extensive research conducted in African societies and will explore the meaning these systems have for the members of the societies in which they are found.

Charles S. Bird
Ivan Karp

Bloomington
December 1979 . . .

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