This bibliography has been compiled to honour Isaac Schapera, born 23rd June , in his 95th year and to introduce new generations of scholars to the full range of his work by providing an updated and accessible listing. It relies heavily on the two previously published bibliographies by Archibald and Shack and Cohen , which have been extended and, in a few instances, corrected. In addition, it includes works published over the last twenty years, including reprints of earlier writings which have been reproduced and reprinted in collections of essays or as self-standing publications. Additionally, the Archives hold an extensive collection of Schapera's private papers and research materials, including official correspondence and proclamations, vernacular texts on history and custom, replies to questionnaires, photographs, notebooks, Mission publications and other materials used by Schapera in the course of his research in the Protectorate from to It also includes historical documents collected by Schapera and a large set of genealogies which he compiled from all the main Setswana-speaking groups during the s and s.
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He was notable for his contributions of ethnographic and typological studies of the indigenous peoples of Botswana and South Africa. Not only did Schapera write numerous publications  of his extensive research done in South Africa and Botswana, he published his work throughout his career — ,  and even after he retired. As an anthropologist he focused on the lives and customs of the indigenous peoples of South Africa and was considered to be a specialist in the topic.
Early in his career he would focus on studies of the Khoisan of South Africa until the s, when he would begin to focus on Tswana of Botswana. Schapera also received many honours and titles, such as being the president of the Royal Anthropology Institute.
To compile his work for future generations and note his anthropological contributions a bibliography was published in the Botswana Journal of African African Studies. In his obituary was published in the academic journal Anthropology Today , titled "The Legacy of Isaac Schapera".
Schapera was born in Garies, Namaqualand , South Africa where his father owned a general store. In his youth he attended school, and later university, in Cape Town, South Africa. During his early university career he was enrolled in law, but would later switch to anthropology. He was a student of Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown , who is considered a founder of structural-functionalism theory in anthropology.
There he worked as a professor of social anthropology before joining the Department of Anthropology at LSE. His continued to work there until he retired in After his death, a research program called "Recovering the Schapera Project"  was carried out by the University of Botswana to build upon Schapera's research.
As a professor he was noted by Kuper as "not being an inspiring lecturer, but [having] wonderful material". Schapera's life was his work, and he never married.
In his later years, Schapera rarely returned to the place of his studies, but did return to Botswana to receive the honorary degree awarded to him by the University of Botswana. His style of recording and studying was applied to all aspects of life  and thus resulted in a wealth of unpublished material. This material includes unpublished genealogies, history, and other culturally significant data.
The Shapera Project is funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Botswana for the university overtook assessing this data and building upon it after Schapera's death.
He published numerous journal articles, nearly , as mentioned in the academic Journal of African Studies , which published a bibliography in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Isaac Schapera , born June 23, , Garies, South Africa—died June 26, , London , England , South African social anthropologist known for his detailed ethnographic and typological work on the indigenous peoples of South Africa and Botswana. Schapera received an M. His work was influenced by his instructors A. In his own work, Schapera emphasized the empirical and historical perspective.
A Handbook of Tswana Law and Custom. Isaac Schapera. When Professor Isaac Schapera was asked in by the Protectorate Administration to compile a record of the traditional and modern laws of the Tswana tribes he had already been working since on a comprehensive ethnographic study of the Kgatla, and his investigation was therefore based on a thorough previous knowledge of the social structure as a whole. Schapera gives a picture of what Tswana law was like in former times, and shows that, contrary to expectation, modern European contact and the administration of tribes by the then Protectorate Government ended the original uniformity of the system, and created considerable diversity. Schapera conscientiously kept within the original mandate of the Administration and produced an authoritative, straightforward compilation.
A formidably skilled and patient ethnographer, Schapera worked for the greater part of his career on the Tswana people of the Bechuanaland protectorate now Botswana , building up over successive field trips a detailed picture of almost every area of Tswana life. He was a true Malinowskian in that he took the participant "plunge into native life", while remaining a careful, distanced man of science. Born at Garies, in Namaqualand, South Africa, where his father kept a general store, he went to school and university in Cape Town. After enrolling to study law, he soon switched to anthropology, completing his master's degree in He then took a doctorate on the history, languages and culture of the Hottentot and Bushmen peoples, under CG Seligman at LSE, at the same time participating in Malinowski's seminar and working twice as his research assistant. After a year as an assistant LSE lecturer, he went back to South Africa in , teaching briefly at the University of the Witwatersrand before returning to Cape Town, where he was promoted to professor in