By Douglass Hall, Douglas Hall
Michael Garfield Smith used to be an the world over wonderful anthropologist. He used to be additionally a poet of benefit, yet few humans knew that or quite understood the conflicts, own and specialist, that made him, within the opinion of many that knew him, seem boastful and unapproachable. This account attempts to teach the entire guy, and it truly is so far the single biography of M. G. Smith. "A guy Divided" is a short account of M. G. Smith the guy, "the gifted, hardworking Jamaican and how he made his manner, instead of of the tutorial functionality of Professor M. G. Smith the across the world exclusive anthropologist". Preface
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Dr Taylor, on a visit to Britain heard of the work of Michael Smith, a Jamaican then working under the supervision of Professor Daryll Forde at University College, London. Mike needed no urging to apply for appointment and was interviewed by a Selection Committee set up by the IUC. On 10 April 1952 he was offered the position of Research Fellow, ISER, Mona. " Mary was enthusiastic. She had heard so much about Jamaica and shared Mike's eagerness to go and work there. Her interest had been deepened by the Nigerian experience.
Fagaci inundated us with presents - mats, fowls, eggs . . I think this place is much nicer than Zaria, and being small, one can get around it easily. And incidentally, Fagaci's green gown is gorgeous. Small and easy to get around as the villages might be, Mike and Mary discovered that it was no simple matter to collect the information they wanted. Collaboration between the emirate's hierarchy of officials and British officials working with the Resident was generally greater in declared intention than in real achievement.
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. Mike as an associate of the British who were accorded high status, and guest of the District Head, should have received villagers, rather than visit them. For Mary, as a legal nonentity, it had been much simpler.