Tenth Emeritus Lecture Honoring William A. Shack

Descriptions of William A. Shack's Books

The Central Ethiopians:

Part of the Ethnographic Survey of Africa, International African Institute, begun in 1945.

From Forward, by Darryl Forde: "This PartÖthe fourth in the series relating to North-Eastern Africa, is base don Professor Shack's considerable experience in Ethiopia, his own field researches, particularly on the Gurage, and on a comprehensive study of the earlier as well as the more recent publications on the peoples concerned (v-vi)."

The Gurage:

From review by I.M. Lewis in Man, New Series, 1(4): 574-575

"This is the first substantial published account by a social anthropologist of a Semitic-speaking people of EthiopiaÖIt will be apparent that there is some extremely interesting and suggestive ethnographic material hereÖand one must be grateful for this introduction to what is clearly a fascinating culture."

Gods and Heroes: Oral Traditions of the Gurage of Ethiopia

From Preface: "This volume is a result of collaboration between a social anthropologist [Shack], who for more than a decade has applied the techniques of his craft in an attempt to contribute towards an understanding of the dominant institutional ways of life of Gurage culture, and a native of the culture [Marcos], who has trained in anthropological linguisticsÖNone of the oral texts translated, edited, and compiled in this book has, to our knowledge, previously been recorded or set down in writing. (vii-viii)."

The Kula: A Bronislaw Malinowski Centennial Exhibition

From the Preface and Acknowledgements by Shack: "Öit is the ethnographic reality of Trobriand art and artifacts that the Lowie Museum's Malinowski Centennial Exhibition has attempted to recreate, as Malinowski would have insisted uponÖAs an academic grandson on Bronislaw Malinowski, whose spirit still informed the seminars I attended as a postgraduate students at the London School of Econmics and Political Science in the 1950s, I have tried to do well for him through this exhibition (5-7)."

The Anthropologists' Cookbook edited by Jessica Kuper, was given a Special Award in the Glenfiddich Awards Scheme To the Wine and Food Writers of the Year, 1977: "In the opinion of the judges, The Anthropologists' CookbookÖcontributes new insights into the understanding of earing habits and traditions and today's social conditions which influence them. (RAI News Issue 26, June 1978, p.12)

William and Dorothy Shack contributed, "Cooking in the Garden of Ensete," an essay on the place of Ensete (false banana) among the Gurage, as a food as well as in house construction, determination of wealth, as a cash crop, and for medicinal purposes. The essay concludes with some recipes, in which the Shacks recommend the substitution of plantains for Ensete.

Strangers in Africa, edited by Wukkuan A Shack and Elliott P Skinner

"The essays contained in this collections were prepared for an inter-disciplinary symposium held in 1974. William Shack writes that this volume was in part a reaction to the increasingly precarious social and legal situations of 'strangers' in Africa. The contributors are concerned with the way in which African governments, now and in the past, have addressed the question, 'Who is a stranger?' ÖThe collection [brings] together a great deal of interesting and comparable material which should be useful to anthropologists, historians, and those concerned with the increasingly familiar plight of displaced populations (from the 1982 review by Susan Drucker Brown in Man, New Series, 17(3): 583-584)."

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