Founders of the Anthropology of Work

ab 24,90 

Gerd Spittler

German Social Scientists of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries and the First Ethnographers

ISBN 978-3-8258-0780-1
Band-Nr. 14
Jahr 2008
Seiten 320
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Ethnologie: Forschung und Wissenschaft

Artikelnummer: 978-3-8258-0780-1 Kategorien: , ,


Work is vital for most individuals and for every society. Yet it leads a
Cinderella-like existence within social anthropology. Even today we can
learn from older social scientists like Karl Marx, Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl,
Karl Bücher, Eduard Hahn, Wilhelm Ostwald, and Max Weber. Comparing
industrial and non-industrial work, they were interested in the character
of work as performance, play or ethical deed, and as rational action. Due
to a lack of ethnographic studies, the empirical basis of their analysis
remained weak. A serious ethnography of work was started by Karl Weule,
Richard Thurnwald, and Bronislaw Malinowski. Having close links to the
older social scientists they introduced new perspectives based on
fieldwork in Africa and Melanesia.

Gerd Spittler is professor emeritus of Social Anthropology at the
University of Bayreuth. His many publications on work include the
monograph Hirtenarbeit (1998) and two co-edited books Arbeit in Afrika
(1996) and Le travail en Afrique noire (2003).