Imperfect Interpreters, South African Anthropologist 1920-1990 by W. D. Hammond-Tooke
Soft Cover, 239 pages
Wits University Press, 1999
In this fascinating and accessible book, W.D. Hammond-Tooke takes a critical look at anthropology and anthropologists and examines the uneasy relationship between anthropological scholarship and national politics in a fundamentally divided and rapidly changing society. Imperfect Interpreters is an account of seventy years of professional anthropological study in South Africa. It is not a history of university departments or a who's who of the academic community. Rather it is a critical (and often very personal) examination of the protagonists, the theoretical ideas that guided their researches, and, especially their relationships to those in power.