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"Customary" Law on Kilimanjaro, 1880-1980

Paperback Published: 8th December 1986
ISBN: 9780521312011
Number Of Pages: 416

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In this book, Sally Falk Moore examines a hundred years in the history of an African people, the Chagga of Kilimanjaro, in order to understand how their present system of "customary" laws came to be the way it is, and how the idea of custom was used in Tanzania"s experiment with African socialism. She discusses the changes that have occurred in the formal legal system, alongside the vast economic and political transformations that came with cash cropping and colonial rule. She also presents a "legal" chronicle of the members of one lineage to illustrate its use of the formal legal system. This study of the difference between law in the life of a people and law in the local courts will interest teachers and students of legal anthropology and law and also provides an important contribution to anthropological theory. In addition it has practical relevance for the understanding of the operation of "traditional" institutions and will appeal to readers interested in African history and African studies.

List of tables
List of illustrations
Foreword by Alfred Harris
Introduction: A time-orientated anthropology: events, processes and history
Precolonial Economy, Politics and Law
the nineteenth century on Kilimanjaro: ivory, slaves, cattle and warfare
Practical norms and mystical ideas in Chagga law
The powers and obligations of chiefs and commoners
Twentieth-century Transformations: Economy, Government, Courts and Cases
The German period: chiefs, cattle, cash and courts
The British colonial period and beyond: an economic overview
The formal structure of local government and local courts
The case reports
The modern uses of 'customary law': lineage, land and organisational control
The localised patriline in the 1960s and 1970s
The chronicle of the M - lineage
The local lineage and the larger setting
Epilogue: From types to sequences: social change in anthropology
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ISBN: 9780521312011
ISBN-10: 0521312019
Series: Electronics Texts for Engineers and Scientists
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 8th December 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.61