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The Anthropological LensRethinking E. E. Evans-Pritchard$
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Christopher Morton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812913.001.0001

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Survivals, surveys, and struggles

Survivals, surveys, and struggles

First fieldwork

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The Anthropological Lens

Christopher Morton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 sketches Evans-Pritchard’s early career and intellectual influences, before setting the scene for his first piece of fieldwork among the Ingessana people in Sudan by describing the reasons why his teacher Seligman asked him to continue an ethnographic survey there, including his interest in diffusionist ideas of ancient Egyptian cultural influence, as well as Tylorian survivals. It then goes on to outline some of reasons why Evans-Pritchard and Malinowski fell out shortly after his return from fieldwork among the Azande. It then goes on to describe Evans-Pritchard’s other ethnographic surveys for Seligman among a number of cultural groups, and the way in which he used photography as part of the work.

Keywords:   ethnographic survey, cultural survivals, diffusionism, Dar Fung, Bronislaw Malinowski

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