Anthropology after Gluckman – Q&A with Richard Werbner

Posted by Alice Hoad - Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020


How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?

Reflections on the many sidedness of the 20th century Manchester School speak to the social anthropology of our troubled times.

What books in your field have inspired you the most?

Paul Radin’s Primitive Man as Philosopher.

Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

Yes, the Kgotla of Sedimo at Moremi village.

Which writing process do you use (computer, longhand, dictate, other)?

Laptop computer.

Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

Old habit, from 1989.

What are you working on now?

A book on ‘Seeking Customary Justice in Botswana’.

If you could go back and give yourself once piece of advice when starting out on this project, what would it be?

The dead carry with them to their graves only that which they have given away.

If you could have been the author of any book, what would it be and why?

Ritual Passage, Sacred Journey.

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Social history, memoirs, travel.

Which authors (academic and not) would you invite to a dinner party?

Kwame Appiah, Michael Taussig, Philip Gillon and Donna Ferguson.



Anthropology after Gluckman: The Manchester School, colonial and postcolonial transformations by Richard Werbner is available to buy now.

Richard Werbner is Emeritus Professor in African Anthropology and Honorary Professor in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester


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