By Douglass Hall, Douglas Hall
Michael Garfield Smith used to be an across the world uncommon anthropologist. He was once additionally a poet of benefit, yet few humans knew that or quite understood the conflicts, own and expert, that made him, within the opinion of many that knew him, seem boastful and unapproachable. This account attempts to teach the full guy, and it truly is so far the one biography of M. G. Smith. "A guy Divided" is a quick account of M. G. Smith the guy, "the gifted, hardworking Jamaican and how he made his method, instead of of the tutorial functionality of Professor M. G. Smith the the world over uncommon anthropologist". Preface
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Her fellow students predicted that marriage in April would jeopardize her chances, but she had enjoyed the course and, spurred by Mike's interest, had read far more widely than was necessary. He also gave her advice on how to tackle the examination papers. First of all, you must never be frightened of exams. You look through the paper and find the questions that you think you can answer well and do them first. If you can only do three, and they want five, you know you can take your time because you are going to leave the paper unfinished.
As he moved around, dropping in on the men as they worked or talked in their compounds, and hoping for easy, friendly, welcome conversation, he was everywhere politely received; but embarrassed silences followed his appearance. There were, apparently, two reasons for this: he had begun to measure the local farms and was therefore regarded with some suspicion as a possible tax assessor; also, and more importantly, he was contravening local custom which did not approve visits by people of higher status to those of lower status.
Allotted a large and comfortable 'rest-house', they spent about two months there gaining a useful command of the Hausa language and beginning to collect official statistical data on tax and population returns, railway haulage of goods and passengers, and whatever else was available. And Mike, because he wanted to do an anthropological as well as the required socioeconomic study, found an intelligent and informative young student with whom he held long conversations about family life and relationships, local political systems, local history, and life in general among the Hausa.