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African Societies


  • Date Published: September 1974
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521098540

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  • In African Societies, Lucy Mair unites the two main strands of anthropology teaching: the discussion and illustration of the various analytical concepts used by anthropologists in the study of social systems; and ethnography – the detailed study of particular societies, nowadays obtained by participant observation. All societies discussed are in sub-Saharan Africa. This 1977 book will be of great use to students of social anthropology studying ethnography. Presenting as it does brief ethnographic accounts of a wide variety of African societies, as well as exemplifications and discussions of many theoretical concepts, the book offers the reader quick and easy access to a large body of information which previously had to be mined from a large number of monographs.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1974
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521098540
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. African societies
    2. Food-gatherers: the Mbuti Pygmies
    3. Nomad herdsmen: the Karimojong
    4. Cultivators: the Gwembe Tonga
    5. Agnatic descent: the Tallensi
    6. Matrilineal descent: the Lele
    7. Matrilineal descent: the Plateau Tongo
    8. Double unilineal descent: the Yakö
    9. Cognatic descent: the Ndendeuli
    10. An acephalous political system: the Nuer
    11. Law in an age-based political system: the Arusha
    12. Kingdoms
    13. Checks and balances: Benin
    14. Stratified policies: Rwanda and Burundi
    15. Old wine in new bottles: Bunyoro and Buganda
    16. Religion and Society: the Dinka
    17. Religion and science: the Kalabari
    18. Witchcraft and oracles: the Azande
    19. Witchcraft and morals: the Nyakyusa

  • Author

    Lucy Mair

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