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Succession to High Office : Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology - Jack Goody

Succession to High Office

Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology

Paperback Published: 19th November 1979
ISBN: 9780521297325
Number Of Pages: 192

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Positions of authority in any society are limited in number, and therefore rules of selection must operate in their recruitment. There must also be limitations upon the range of authority exercised. These problems are particularly acute in the case of high office, where the questions of recruitment and succession are of central importance. This 1979 volume provides a general and theoretical analysis of succession in different traditional African societies. Jack Goody's introduction spells out the main ways in which systems of succession to office differ, and assesses the problem each system solves and the dilemmas it creates. He also analyses the tensions to which succession gives rise, and relates these to specific methods of transferring office from one generation to the next, The four case studies, all based on extensive fieldwork, consider succession among the Bausto, the Baganda, the Nyamwezi and the Gonja.

Contributors to this issue
Chiefly succession in Basutoland
Succession to the throne in Buganda
Succession to the chiefship in northern Unyamwezi
Circulating succession among the Gonja
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ISBN: 9780521297325
ISBN-10: 052129732X
Series: Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 19th November 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.29