(Sm)othering others? Post-millennial anthropology in Namibia
AbstractThis paper provides a selective overview of the social science literature produced on Namibia since the start of the millennium with a particular focus on anthropology. While still concerned with ‘peripheral areas’ like Kunene and Bushmanland, more recent studies have shifted their focus to the north, the most densely populated region. On the basis of this overview, suggestions are made concerning future topics. Speculation is also offered on how priorities are established, and concerns are raised about the increasing bifurcation of outputs between Namibian- and non-Namibian-based researchers. The possible smothering of local researchers has implications as the Government’s efforts to control research take on new forms.
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