The concept of polyphony was incorporated by many anthropologists thanks to Mikhail
Bakhtin’s work. Analyzing Dostoevsky’s literature, Bakhtin conclusion was the
following: he was the first to multiply any character; so the relationship between hero
and author was decentralized. Before him, the writing was a monological projection of
the author’s psychology and style on the hero and, consequently, the making peripheral
all the other characters.
The popular favor with which former editions of this work have been received has required the production of
such a vast number of copies, that the original electrotype plates from which it has heretofore been printed,
have been completely worn out.
The book has been re-produced in London, England, where six editions have already been necessary to supply
the demand for it.
In order to continue its publication to meet the demand which is still active in this country, it has been
necessary, inasmuch as the original electrotype plates have become worn and useless, to re-set the work
This new issue of Law and Anthropology encapsulates a selection of the most
salient contributions presented at the International Expert Seminar on ‘Indigenous
Peoples, Constitutional States and Treaties or other Constructive Arrangements
between Peoples and States’, held in Seville under the auspices of the Universidad
Internacional de Andalucía and the Agencia Española de Cooperación
Internacional, on September 10-14, 2001.
Understanding the origins of humanity has long been one of our foremost
intellectual pursuits, and one that greatly interests the general public as
evidenced by museum attendance and by numerous media productions
and general interest publications. Progress toward an improved understanding
of our heritage is a continuing challenge for the scientific community, requiring
advances in a range of disciplines that include archaeology, anthropology, geology,
biology, oceanography, and genetics, and particularly research advances in
areas where two or more of these fields intersect.
This paper was originally presented as the first in the Sol Plaatjie Lecture Series on Africa, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education and the African Human Genome Initiative in November 2002. The author Himla Soodyall addresses the contribution towards the generation of knowledge concerning the evolutionary history of mankind made by genetic approaches to anthropological questions. She examines the use and relevance of genetic data as another ’tool’ in the reconstruction of our history. About the Author/sProfessor Himla Soodyall obtained a B.Sc (Hons) degree at the University...