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At a Glance
The most important parts of this collection is his primary longitudinal research data, his efforts at institutional and capacity building at Teachers College (and Columbia University, as the former head of the Institute of African Studies), and his teaching materials.
Papers from conferences and events; correspondences; grant applications; letters of recommendation; CV; journal publications; synergistic activities; syllabi from his teaching; Center for African Education (CAE) documents; African Studies Working Group (ASWG) documents; engagement with American Anthropological Association and minority affairs; Some personal correspondence with his children. Research in Zambia (Muyombe people)
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History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
George C. Bond was the William F. Russell Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College and Director for the College's Center for African Education. He was also the former chair of the College's Department of International and Transcultural Studies. While influenced early on by structural functionalists (Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, Bronislaw Malinowski) who view society as an organism that shapes people's actions and beliefs, Bond incorporated the thinking of Antonio Gramsci and others who look at the cultural mechanisms employed to perpetuate power. His areas of expertise included education and elite formation in the United States and Africa; African studies: African religions and politics; agrarian transformations; and cultural dimensions of urban and minority populations. Bond has authored or edited several books, including The Politics of Change in a Zambian Community (1976), African Christianity (1980),The Social Construction of the Past: Representation as Power (1997), AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean (1997), Witchcraft Dialogues (2001) and Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories (2002).
Bond was educated at the London School of Economics, where he met with the future Pulitzer-prize winning historian David Levering Lewis; Bond's father served in the U.S. State Department, corresponded with Eleanor Roosevelt, and founded the University of Liberia; his mother, Ruth Clement Bond, was famous for having sewed the first black power quilt in Tennessee during the 1940s, her mother was the first black woman to be named Mother of the Year by American Mothers Inc. (she was presented with the award by FDR's mother). The election of his uncle, Rufus Early Clement, to the Atlanta Board of Education in 1953 marked the first time a black had been elected to office in Atlanta since 1871. His brother, the internationally-known architect J. Max Bond, Jr., worked on Columbia University's Manhattanville project. Bond's sister was a French historian and Dean at Baruch College.