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Initiating Change in Highland Ethiopia
Causes and Consequences of Cultural Transformation

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037761

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  • There are two types of rituals performed by the same people in a rural community in Southern Ethiopia. One appears to be remarkably stable, while the other has undergone massive transformations over the years. Focusing on new ethnographical and historical data from the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia, Dena Freeman analyzes these rituals and provides fascinating insight into the cultural transformations of a little-known region of the world.

    • Of interest to both anthropologists and historians
    • Presents ethnographic and historical data about a little-known and fascinating country
    • Provides a theoretical framework for understanding cultural change
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    "This is an elegant account of an extended rural community in southern Ethiopia." African Studies Review

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    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037761
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 148 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.296kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 3 maps 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Introduction: theorising change
    2. The recent history of the Gamo Highlands
    3. Production and reproduction
    4. The sacrificial system
    5. The initiatory system
    6. Experiencing change
    7. Assemblies and incremental cultural change
    8. Transformation versus devolution: the organisational dynamics of change

  • Author

    Dena Freeman, Queens' College, Cambridge
    Dena Freeman is Research Fellow of Queens' College at the University of Cambridge.

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