ABSTRACT

It is in the nature of anthropological inquiry to concentrate research efforts on the study of groups rather than individuals, since culture — the prime target of anthropological studies - is not a personal affair but something shared. In fieldwork reports, anthropologists refrain from personality references. Thus, in terms of research methodology, anthropolgy as an academic discipline finds itself somehow at odds with history. The historian's method relies heavily on archival research and very frequently is concerned with personalities. There is an exception, however, as there always is when dealing with generalisations. In the last three decades or so, anthropological attention has increasingly focused on culture change with any such change occurring between temporal parameters, framed within an historical context.