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“The Long Walk from Volkekunde to Anthropology” – CS van der Waal’s Account (Video)

Winelands, Wealth and WorkCS van der Waal – editor of Winelands, Wealth and Work: Transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch – recently presented a seminar, hosted by Indexing The Human, about “The Long Walk from Volkekunde to Anthropology”.

Van der Waal explains the crisis of paradigm and the shift it necessitated in his anthropological focus. He shares the story his move from the Netherlands, the influence of his childhood church, and how interesting he found Hendrik Verwoerd, another Dutch immigrant who achieved great success in South Africa.

The anthropologist’s account of the ideas and people who shaped his understanding of life in South Africa and the discipline of anthropology is absolutely fascinating and enlightening.

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