J. Clyde Mitchell

James Clyde Mitchell FBA (usually known as J. Clyde Mitchell) (21 June 1918 Pietermaritzburg – 15 November 1995) was a British sociologist and anthropologist.

J. Clyde Mitchell
Born(1918-06-21)21 June 1918
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa
Died15 November 1995(1995-11-15) (aged 77)
Known forNetwork analysis
Scientific career
FieldsSociologist and anthropologist
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester

In 1937 Mitchell helped found the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute group of social anthropologists/sociologists, now a part of the University of Zambia. He was influenced by Max Gluckman and conducted important research on social network analysis at the University of Manchester (see Manchester School). In the 1940s he carried out field research into social systems and social conditions in Central Africa (southern Malawi) interviewing heads of households in villages and urban areas and observing customs. In 1952 he was on the editorial committee of the Northern Rhodesia Journal.

Mitchell studied network analysis and was a founding member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, contributing to its Connections magazine.


  • The Kalela dance: Aspects of social relationships among urban Africans in Northern Rhodesia, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1956
  • The Yao Village: a Study in the Social Structure of a Malawian Tribe Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1956, 1966, 1971
  • Social Networks in Urban Situations: Analysis of Personal Relationships in Central African Towns Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1969
  • Networks, Norms & Institutions, 1973
  • Configurational Similarity in Three Class Contexts in British Society, in Sociology, Vol. 19, 1985
  • Cities, Society, and Social Perception: A Central African Perspective 1987