Evans-Pritchard, Sir E(dward) E(van)


Evans-Pritchard, Sir E(dward) E(van)

biographical name

(born Sept. 21, 1902, Crowborough, Sussex, Eng.—died Sept. 11, 1973, Oxford, Oxfordshire) British social anthropologist. The most influential British social anthropologist since Bronislaw Malinowski and A.R. Radcliffe-Brown, Evans-Pritchard succeeded the latter at Oxford University (1946), where he served as mentor to a generation of students. His studies of African systems of belief, witchcraft, religion, politics, and oral tradition remain foundational to the study of African societies and non-Western systems of thought. Among his major works are Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (1937), The Nuer (1940), and (with Meyer Fortes) African Political Systems (1940).

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