Brian Street Memorial Issue. A Note About the Formative Years

  • André Singer Professorial Research Associate, London School of Oriental and African Studies.


The importance and influence of the teaching and writing of Brian Street had already been globally recognised by the time of his untimely death in 2017.  He was inordinately modest but would have been nonetheless proud to see this gedenkschrift from friends and colleagues highlighting the reasons he had become such a presence in both the worlds of anthropology and literacy. Here I want to reflect briefly on some of the personal influences and experiences that helped shape that intellectual progress during its formative years.