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Strategies and Norms in a Changing Matrilineal Society
Descent, Succession and Inheritance among the Toka of Zambia

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521024327

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  • The theme of this book is the analysis of the changes that have occurred in the kinship patterns of the Toka of South Zambia as a result of a shift in their form of production from hoe agriculture to ox-drawn ploughing. Dr Holy uses the rich, detailed ethnography that he provides about these changes to confront several theoretical issues of current anthropological interest, as well as to examine the basic methodological problems of anthropological enquiry. Emphasizing the distinction between the conceptual and cognitive world of the actors, and the transactions and events in which they engage, he argues that anthropological explanation has to account not only for structure, but also for the purposeful interaction between actors that generates that structure.

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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521024327
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.376kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and diagrams
    List of tanles
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. Descent categories and local ties in traditional Toka society
    2. Technological development and the restructuring of the relations of production
    3. Changing norms of inheritance
    4. The structure of local groups
    5. The changing concept of the basimukowa
    6. Mukowa and ritual
    7. The role of the mukowa in succession
    8. The role of the mukowa in inheritance
    9. Mukowa: representational and operational models
    10. Norms as a strategic resource
    Appendices
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Ladislav Holy

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