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Paul J. Bohannon

Born 1920-03-05 Lincoln, NE (USA)

A distinguished anthropologist with special interest in Africa and the Tiv people, the author was president of the American Anthropological Association in 1979-1980.

Bohannon did field work among Tiv in Central Nigeria, 1949-53, and Wanga of Nyanza Providence, Kenya, 1955. He received grants from the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Colonial Social Science Research Council, and government of Nigeria for field work in Nigeria, 1949-53. He was the reciptent of the Meville J. Herskovits Award, African Studies Association, 1969, for Tiv Economy.

Places Lived

New Jersey

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Anthropology (African); Western Middle Class


Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction, 1947, University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science and Ph.D., 1949 and 1951, Oxford University
Postgraduate study, 1967-71, Chicago Institute for Psycho- analysis


Oxford University Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Visiting Lecturer and Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Social Science

Places Worked

Oxford University, England
Princeton University
Northwestern University
National Academy of Sciences, Executive Director of Human Environments in Central Africa Project


Rhodes Scholar, 1947-49, 1950-51
Jonathan Edwards Preceptor of Anthropology, Princeton 1956-59
Stanley G. Harris Professor of Social Science, Northwestern University, 1968
August Vollmer Award of American Criminological Society for African Homicide and Suicide, 1960
Senior postdoctoral fellow, National Science Foundation, 1967-68


American Anthropological Association
African Studies Association (vice-president, 1962-63 and president, 1963-64)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Royal Anthropological Institute
American Association of Rhodes Scholars
Phi Beta Kappa


A Source Notebook in Tiv Subsistence, Technology and Economics. 1966. (with Laura Bohannan)
A Source Notebook in the Tiv Life Cycle. 1966. (with Laura Bohannan)
Law and Warfare: Studies in the Anthropology of Conflict. 1967. (editor)
Beyond the Frontier: Social Process and Cultural Change.1967. (editor with Fred Plog)
Marriage, Family and Residence.1968. (editor with John Middleton)
Kinship and Social Organization. 1968 (editor with John Middleton)
Tiv Economy. 1968 (with Laura Bohannan)
Five Source Notebooks on Tiv Religion. 1969. (with Laura Bohannan)
Love, Sex and Being Human: A Book About the Human Condition for Young People. 1969.
Divorce and After. 1970. (editor and contributor)

Contributor to numerous text books and professional journals.

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