chapter  28
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John Sharp Two Separate Developments: Anthropology in South Africa

I shall attempt a preliminary explanation of the situation of Afrikaans-medium universities (in which I include both ‘white’ universities and, significantly, the ‘tribal’ institutions in the black homelands), both because it is an interesting case study of convergence between academic theorizing and state ideology, and because it raises certain issues with more general implications, as Gluckman (1975), indeed, suggested. In doing this, however, I do not mean to imply that local English-speaking anthropologists, given their own compromise with South African realities, have any grounds for complacency or self-righteousness when considering the work of their Afrikaans colleagues.