Further Resources on Government

Fieldwork methodology, particularly in anthropology, was an important part of the training of all students going for long periods to places like Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, one bible for field workers was Notes and Queries on Anthropology. Contemporary literature on fieldwork and methodology, survey research, and other approaches is detailed in the SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology and others.

  • Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. (1951). Notes and queries on anthropology. 6th ed. revised and rewritten by a committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
  • Wolf, C., Joye, D., Smith, T. W., & Fu, Y. (2016). The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology. 55 City Road, London: SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781473957893

The Miller collection at Michigan State University includes extensive bibliographical cards, documents, and local government reports. Miller’s work in African politics and government is reflected in the bibliography of his 1970 article in the American Political Science Review, “The Rural African Party: Political Participation in Tanzania.” His work on political history is reflected in the bibliography of his 1985 book Kenya: The Quest for Prosperity. Miller’s co-author Rodger Yeager published a parallel book in the Westview Press series that contained an extensive bibliography on Tanzanian politics and government (Tanzania: An African Experiment). The APSR article and bibliographies are linked below.

An annotated bibliography by Roland Young and Gus Liebenow serves as a background to nationalism as it was expressed in East Africa during the transition from colonialism to full independence (1950s-1960s).

Field researchers and scholars who continued the study of local government and politics in East Africa include Goran Hyden, William Tordoff, Crawford Young, Joel Barkin, and Nelson Kasfir, among others.

See the Miller print archives at Michigan State University and the Smithsonian Institution for more material on this topic. See also the Guide to the Norman Miller Archives.