The Soul of the Luba: W.F.P. Burton, Missionary Ethnography and Belgian Colonial Science

@article{Maxwell2008TheSO,
  title={The Soul of the Luba: W.F.P. Burton, Missionary Ethnography and Belgian Colonial Science},
  author={David Maxwell},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={325 - 351}
}
  • D. Maxwell
  • Published 1 December 2008
  • History
  • History and Anthropology
This article examines the motivations, institutions and processes involved in colonial knowledge formation through a study of the missionary William Burton. It considers Burton’s work on the Luba of Katanga in relation to the practices of Belgian colonial science and Anglo‐Saxon social anthropology. The essay discusses why missionaries engaged in ethnographic research when they were so intent on changing the customs and beliefs they described and why Burton in particular did not get the… 

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  • History
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