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George C. Bond

George Bond is the William F. Russell Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College and Director for the College's Center for African Education. He is 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 has since incorporated the thinking of Antonio Gramsci and others who look at the cultural mechanisms employed to perpetuate power. His areas of expertise include 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).

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In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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