Fortes, Meyer


Fortes, Meyer

▪ British anthropologist
born April 25, 1906, Britstown, Cape Province, S.Af.
died Jan. 27, 1983, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

      British social anthropologist known for his investigations of West African societies.

      After studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Fortes received his Ph.D. in psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1930. In 1932 he turned from psychology to anthropology and studied under Bronisław Malinowski at the LSE. During 1934–37 he worked in Ghana and, upon his return, was appointed lecturer in social anthropology at the LSE. Subsequently, he was appointed research lecturer in African sociology at the University of Oxford. He was professor of social anthropology at King's College, Cambridge, from 1950 to 1973.

      Fortes's special interests were the political anthropology and kinship systems of various African peoples, especially the Tallensi. Most of his studies were conducted in nations along the Guinea coast of Africa. Among his major works are The Dynamics of Clanship Among the Tallensi (1945), The Web of Kinship Among the Tallensi (1949), Kinship and Social Order (1969), and Time and Social Structure, and Other Essays (1970).

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