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Prof David Parkin

Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford


PhD (London-SOAS), BA (London)
Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford
Also: Fellow, All Souls College, Oxon
Formerly: 1964-65 Assistant lecturer SOAS 1965-71 Lecturer SOAS 1971-72 Lecturer, University of Sussex 1972-76 Lecturer SOAS 1976-81 Reader in Anthropology in the University of London 1981-96 Professor of African Anthropology, Univ. of London
Areas: Healing systems: Recent research has focused on Islam, medicine and the impact of western ideas attaching to material consumerism among Swahili-speaking peoples of eastern Africa; Indian Ocean Studies:. A further extension of the medically related interest is into the idea of the Indian Ocean coasts and islands as a cultural complex showing diverse patterns in the interrelationship of health, fertility and cultural change
Research: • Material representation (art and objects), bodily expression and medical practice among Muslims in coastal East Africa (Swahili and Arabs). • Delineation of the Indian Ocean as a cultural complex. • Organisation of joint research with various French institutions (CNRS, CREDU, LACITO and Maison Française in Oxford) on Swahili language, society and culture, and, in particular, fieldwork in Zanzibar on Islam, “arabisation", medicine and consumerism
Regions: East Africa; Indian Ocean
Publications: l969 Neighbours and nationals in an African city ward California U.P., Berkeley, and Routledge and Kegan Paul, London. (reissued 2004). l972 Palms, wine and witnesses: public spirit and private gain in an African farming community Chandler. San Francisco. (New edition 1994 Waveland, Ohio). 1978 The cultural definition of political response: lineal destiny among the Luo of Kenya Academic Press. London and New York, (polygyny, fertility and generational change) 1991 The sacred void: spatial images of work and ritual among the Giriama of Kenya Cambridge University Press. Cambridge and New York, (traditional medicine, fertility and selfhood)

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