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BY WAY OF ANTHROPOLOGY — Oxford Today

Anthropologists at Oxford have done ‘fieldwork’ in societies around the world for more than 100 years, and museums like the Pitt Rivers have collected large numbers of photographs of people from many communities. But in a post-colonial world, what should be done with such photographic collections? Since the mid-Nineties, anthropologists at Oxford and elsewhere have started giving photos back to the communities where they were taken, in a process known as ‘visual repatriation’.

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