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African Societies - Lucy P. Mair

African Societies

Paperback Published: 11th November 1974
ISBN: 9780521098540
Number Of Pages: 260

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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.

African societies
Food-gatherers: the Mbuti Pygmies
Nomad herdsmen: the Karimojong
Cultivators: the Gwembe Tonga
Agnatic descent: the Tallensi
Matrilineal descent: the Lele
Matrilineal descent: the Plateau Tongo
Double unilineal descent: the Yakö
Cognatic descent: the Ndendeuli
An acephalous political system: the Nuer
Law in an age-based political system: the Arusha
Checks and balances: Benin
Stratified policies: Rwanda and Burundi
Old wine in new bottles: Bunyoro and Buganda
Religion and Society: the Dinka
Religion and science: the Kalabari
Witchcraft and oracles: the Azande
Witchcraft and morals: the Nyakyusa
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ISBN: 9780521098540
ISBN-10: 0521098548
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 11th November 1974
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33