African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

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  • African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century book cover

    African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

    1st Edition

    Edited by Various Authors

    Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in…

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  • French Perspectives in African Studies: A Collection of Translated Essays book cover

    French Perspectives in African Studies

    A Collection of Translated Essays, 1st Edition

    Edited by Pierre Alexandre

    Originally published in 1973, this volume presents some of the main approaches that were developed by French Africanists during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The book covers social structure, kinship systems, economic change, ethnography, language, history and archaeology in West Africa.…

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  • Modern Migrations in Western Africa book cover

    Modern Migrations in Western Africa

    1st Edition

    Edited by Samir Amin

    Originally published in 1974, this volume deals with studies of migration from census and other data, variations in scale, distance and duration of various types of migration, social relations of migrant populations with their home areas and their host communities, and expectations and valuation of…

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  • The Basuto: A Social Study of Traditional and Modern Lesotho book cover

    The Basuto

    A Social Study of Traditional and Modern Lesotho, 1st Edition

    By Hugh Ashton

    Originally published in 1952 and as a second edition in 1967 this volume provides a systematic and comprehensive account of the Basuto people and their changing culture, and reviews the developments and changes leading up to 1966 when Basutoland achieved independence as Lesotho. It describes…

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  • Christianity in Tropical Africa: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Seventh International African Seminar, University of Ghana, April 1965 book cover

    Christianity in Tropical Africa

    Studies Presented and Discussed at the Seventh International African Seminar, University of Ghana, April 1965, 1st Edition

    Edited by C. G. Baëta

    Originally published in 1968 this volume discusses the issues and problems relevant to Christianity in Tropical Africa. It includes historical studies of the earlier Catholic and Protestant missions and their relationship with African communities, traders and colonial administrations; the social…

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  • West African City: A Study of Tribal Life in Freetown book cover

    West African City

    A Study of Tribal Life in Freetown, 1st Edition

    By Michael Banton

    Originally published in 1957 this volume deals with the issue of large scale immigration into Freetown, Sierra Leone from the rural areas in the 1950s and the problems which arose as a result. It analyzes the way traditional social systems had to adjust to the demands of urban life and charts the…

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  • The Mugwe: A Failing Prophet book cover

    The Mugwe

    A Failing Prophet, 1st Edition

    By B. Bernardi

    Originally published in 1959 this volume studies the ritual office of the Mugwe which was of great social significance among the Meru of the Central Province of Kenya and analyses the social changes and decline of the Mugwe which came about in the second half of the twentieth century. Until this…

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  • African Agrarian Systems book cover

    African Agrarian Systems

    1st Edition

    Edited by Daniel Biebuyck

    Originally published in 1963 this volume surveys various aspects of the complex relations between rights in land, social organization and economic interests in tropical Africa. The papers - in English and French but with summaries in the other language - analyse case studies illustrating the…

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  • Justice and Judgment Among the Tiv book cover

    Justice and Judgment Among the Tiv

    1st Edition

    By Paul Bohannan

    Since publication in 1957 the importance of Bohannan's study of judicial institutions and procedures among the Tiv has been widely recognized. It has contributed widely to the continuing discussion concerning the objectives and methods to be followed in the anthropological study of law and the…

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  • Caravans of the Old Sahara: An Introduction to the History of the Western Sudan book cover

    Caravans of the Old Sahara

    An Introduction to the History of the Western Sudan, 1st Edition

    By E. W. Bovill

    Since publication in 1957 the importance of Bohannan's study of judicial institutions and procedures among the Tiv has been widely recognized. It has contributed widely to the continuing discussion concerning the objectives and methods to be followed in the anthropological study of law and the…

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    Benin Studies

    1st Edition

    By R. E. Bradbury

    Edited by Peter Morton-Williams

    This collection of R. E. Bradbury's papers, originally published in 1973 includes edited sections of his (then hitherto) unpublished thesis on the Benin village in Western Nigeria. The book is arranged in 3 parts: historical and political studies of the kingdom of Benin; Benin village organization…

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  • Anthropology in Action: An Experiment in the Iringa District of the Iringa Province Tanganyika Territory book cover

    Anthropology in Action

    An Experiment in the Iringa District of the Iringa Province Tanganyika Territory, 1st Edition

    By G. Gordon Brown, A. McD Bruce Hutt

    Originally published in 1935, when the province of Iringa in what is now Tanzania was still under British administrative control, this book is inevitably a product of its time, but nonetheless it represents an important project in collaboration between an anthropologist and a government official.…

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  • The Position of the Chief in the Modern Political System of Ashanti: A Study of the Influence of Contemporary Social Changes on Ashanti Political Institutions book cover

    The Position of the Chief in the Modern Political System of Ashanti

    A Study of the Influence of Contemporary Social Changes on Ashanti Political Institutions, 1st Edition

    By K. A. Busia

    Originally published in 1951, this book provides an account of the traditional status and functions of the Asanti chief. The effects of British administration on the powers of the chief and his council are described, as are the tensions which the traditional political organization was subjected to…

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  • Choice and Constraint in a Swahili Community: Property, Hierarchy and Cognatic Descent on the East African Coast book cover

    Choice and Constraint in a Swahili Community

    Property, Hierarchy and Cognatic Descent on the East African Coast, 1st Edition

    By Ann Patricia Caplan

    Originally published in 1975, this book examines property and power relations in a Swahili village on Mafia Island off Tanzania. It focuses on the cognatic descent groups which are important in many areas of village life such as land-holding, marriage, residence, Islamic activities and spirit…

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  • Tales Told in Togoland book cover

    Tales Told in Togoland

    1st Edition

    By A. W. Cardinall

    Originally published in 1931, this book collects tales told to the author by agricultural labourers and hunters in what was Togoland in the 1920s. A rare and valuable resource of oral history, the book also contains the history of the Dagomba from Northern Ghana.…

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  • Umbundu Kinship and Character book cover

    Umbundu Kinship and Character

    1st Edition

    By Gladwyn Murray Childs

    Originally published in 1949, this book discusses Umbundu social structure and education, with particular reference to how both of these adapted as Angola's contact with Western influences increased in the first half of the twentieth century. Using materials gathered in the field, this volume…

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  • Sukuma Law and Custom book cover

    Sukuma Law and Custom

    1st Edition

    By Hans Cory

    Originally published in 1953, this book records the Customary Law of the Sukuma tribe and discusses the differences in law whcih grew up in the various local federations, with the aim of unifying Customary Law for both the Tanzanians and European colonial authorities. The material is presented in…

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  • Customary Law of the Haya Tribe: Tanganyika Territory book cover

    Customary Law of the Haya Tribe

    Tanganyika Territory, 1st Edition

    By Hans Cory, M. M. Hartnoll

    Originally published in 1945, this book was written at a time when an increasing European influence was affecting customary law in what was Tanganyika and this volume records different aspects of customary law such as inheritance, matrimony, divorce, property and the courts. Tribal structure in…

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  • Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rhodesia book cover

    Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rhodesia

    1st Edition

    By J. R. Crawford

    Originally published in 1967, this book is a study of witchcraft and sorcery among the Shona, Ndebele and Kalanga peoples of Zimbabwe. It analyses in their social context verbatim evidence and confessions from a comprehensive series of judicial records. It provides the first systematic…

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  • Freedom and Authority in French West Africa book cover

    Freedom and Authority in French West Africa

    1st Edition

    By Robert Delavignette

    Originally published in 1950 and updated in 1968, this book discusses the functions and status of native chiefs in what were the French colonies in West Africa. It also examines the relation of the French legal code to native law and custom and the activities of Christian missions. Analysing…

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  • A Manual of Nuer Law: Being an Account of Customary Law, its Evolution and Development in the Courts Established by the Sudan Government book cover

    A Manual of Nuer Law

    Being an Account of Customary Law, its Evolution and Development in the Courts Established by the Sudan Government, 1st Edition

    By P. P. Howell

    Originally published in 1954 this book was originally designed for administrators but has become a key title for anthropologists. It includes a summary account of the history and social organisation of the Nuer and provides a descriptive analysis of their customary practices concerning homicide,…

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  • The Social Organisation of the Lo Wiili book cover

    The Social Organisation of the Lo Wiili

    1st Edition

    By Jack Goody

    Originally published in 1967 (second edition) presents an account of the life and social organisation of the Lo Wiili of the Haute Volta and Ghana. Chapters on the geographic and ethnographic background and economic system are followed by a detailed analysis of Lo Wiili social organisation which in…

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  • Technology, Tradition and the State in Africa book cover

    Technology, Tradition and the State in Africa

    1st Edition

    By Jack Goody

    Originally published in 1971 this book argues that certain aspects of traditional African social systems have been misunderstood because of a failure to appreciate what is implied by important differences between the technologies of the major traditional African states and those of Europe and Asia.…

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  • An African Aristocracy: Rank Among the Swazi book cover

    An African Aristocracy

    Rank Among the Swazi, 1st Edition

    By Hilda Kuper

    Originally published in 1947 and reprinted with a new preface in 1961, this book is based on field studies and gives an account of the social organization of the Swazi, wiith special reference to the aristocratic structure of their society and the way in which birth and rank determine social…

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  • Efik Traders of Old Calabar: Containing the Diary of Antera Duke together with an Ethnographic Sketch and Notes and an Essay on the Political Organization of Old Calabar book cover

    Efik Traders of Old Calabar

    Containing the Diary of Antera Duke together with an Ethnographic Sketch and Notes and an Essay on the Political Organization of Old Calabar, 1st Edition

    Edited by Daryll Forde

    Originally published in 1956 this book contains extracts of the 18th century diary of an Efik chief and documents the activities of slave-traders, the rituals of the Egbo society and many details of domestic life of among the Efik. This volume includes an English translation to the diary which was…

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    Yakö Studies

    1st Edition

    By Daryll Forde

    Originally published in 1964 this volume collects together 25 years' worth of journal articles from the UK and USA. It brings together detailed descriptions and analyses of various aspects of the Yakö peoples of the Cross River area of Eastern Nigeria and includes sections on social organization,…

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  • The Chiga of Western Uganda book cover

    The Chiga of Western Uganda

    1st Edition

    By May M. Edel

    Originally published in 1957, this is an account of the Chiga, a Bantu tribe of Western Uganda. The Chiga are an independent farming people who have no tribal organization, and unlike the neighbouring East African peoples of a similar culture, no caste system. For this reason they are of particular…

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  • Marriage and Family Among the Yakö in South-Eastern Nigeria book cover

    Marriage and Family Among the Yakö in South-Eastern Nigeria

    1st Edition

    Edited by Daryll Forde

    Originally published in 1951 this book analyses the social values and institutions involved in the establishment and maintenance of marital relationships. Most of the data is derived from Umor, the largest of the five Yakö villages. As well as considering the conventions through which mariatal…

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  • Adamawa Past and Present: An Historical Approach to the Development of a Northern Cameroons Province book cover

    Adamawa Past and Present

    An Historical Approach to the Development of a Northern Cameroons Province, 1st Edition

    By A. H. M. Kirk-Greene

    Originally published in 1958 this book presents a straight-forward and vivid picture of Adamawa Province in Nigeria. It discusses the varying fortunes of the territory, the life of its people, the efforts of its explorers and the achievements of the early administrators. It discusses the geography…

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  • Valenge Women: Social and Economic Life of the Valenge Women of Portuguese East Africa book cover

    Valenge Women

    Social and Economic Life of the Valenge Women of Portuguese East Africa, 1st Edition

    By E. Dora Earthy

    When first published in 1933, this monograph shed new light on the life of the Valenge women of Portuguese East Africa. It discusses their social organisations, family relationships, education, tribal customs, and contains detailed information concerning initiation rites, religion, magic and…

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  • The Sonjo of Tanganyika: An Anthropological Study of an Irrigation-based Society book cover

    The Sonjo of Tanganyika

    An Anthropological Study of an Irrigation-based Society, 1st Edition

    By Robert F. Gray

    Originally published in 1963, this was the first monograph concerning an African people in which an irrigation-based society was studied in detail and its implications explored. The Sonjo, a Bantu-speaking people isolated among cattle pastoralists of what was Northern Tanganyika, are remarkable for…

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  • The Realm of a Rain Queen: A Study of the Pattern of Lovedu Society book cover

    The Realm of a Rain Queen

    A Study of the Pattern of Lovedu Society, 1st Edition

    By E. Jensen Krige, J. D. Krige

    Originally published in 1943 this book discusses the life and culture of the Lovedu, a Bantu tribe in South Africa. As well as discussing the Rain-Queen, much of the book is devoted to the royal institutions; the network of links woven by kinship, marriage and marriage cattle, the legal procedure…

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  • West African Kingdoms in the Nineteenth Century book cover

    West African Kingdoms in the Nineteenth Century

    1st Edition

    Edited by Daryll Forde, P. M. Kaberry

    Originally published in 1967 this volume presents studies of 10 West African kingdoms which have played an important part in the economic, political and cultural life of the region. Ranging geographically from the kingdom of Benin in southern Nigeria to the Wolof kingdom of Kayor in Senegal, they…

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  • The Web of Kinship Among the Tallensi: The Second Part of an Analysis of the Social Structure of a Trans-Volta Tribe book cover

    The Web of Kinship Among the Tallensi

    The Second Part of an Analysis of the Social Structure of a Trans-Volta Tribe, 1st Edition

    By Meyer Fortes

    Originally published in 1949, this book takes the analysis of Tale social structure further. It shows how the patriarchal principle regulates domestic life and thus moulds individual development among the Tallensi. The analysis of the inter-connexion of Legal, econoic and personal relationships…

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  • The Horse in West African History: The Role of the Horse in the Societies of Pre-Colonial West Africa book cover

    The Horse in West African History

    The Role of the Horse in the Societies of Pre-Colonial West Africa, 1st Edition

    By Robin Law

    Originally published in 1980 and here re-issued with an updated preface, this book deals with the role of the horse in the societies of West Africa during the pre-colonial period. It traces the history of its introduction and its diffusion within West Africa, and examines the problems of…

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  • The Dynamics of Clanship Among the Tallensi: Being the First Part of an Analysis of the Social Structure of a Trans-Volta Tribe book cover

    The Dynamics of Clanship Among the Tallensi

    Being the First Part of an Analysis of the Social Structure of a Trans-Volta Tribe, 1st Edition

    By Meyer Fortes

    Originally published in 1945, this book analyses Tale social structure at the level of corporate group organization. Tale culture is discussed primarily as the content of social relations and not in its own right. Customs, beliefs, conventional usages, religious values are examined as indices of…

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  • Town and Country in Central and Eastern Africa: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Twelfth International African Seminar, Lusaka, September 1972 book cover

    Town and Country in Central and Eastern Africa

    Studies Presented and Discussed at the Twelfth International African Seminar, Lusaka, September 1972, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Parkin

    Originally published in 1975, the studies in this volume examine the range of factors which mediate the development of social processes in both town and country: as well as migration there is the ebb and flow of beliefs, ideologies and educational and occupational opportunities. It considers the…

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  • The Changing Economy of the Lower Volta 1954-67: A Study in the Dynanics of Rural Economic Growth book cover

    The Changing Economy of the Lower Volta 1954-67

    A Study in the Dynanics of Rural Economic Growth, 1st Edition

    By Rowena M. Lawson

    Originally published in 1972 this study analyses the process of economic growth and social change in the riparian communities of the Lower Volta River in Ghana, which came about in large part due to the construction of the Volta dam in 1963. With its completion many of the riparian communities were…

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  • Pastoralism in Tropical Africa book cover

    Pastoralism in Tropical Africa

    1st Edition

    Edited by Théodore Monod

    Originally published in 1975, the papers collected in this volume review African pastoralism in both West and East Africa, in relation to economy, ecology, social and community organisation, kinship, inter-group relations, modern administrative attitudes and policies and problems of development.…

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  • The Ovimbundu Under Two Sovereignties: A Study of Social Control and Social Change Among a People of Angola book cover

    The Ovimbundu Under Two Sovereignties

    A Study of Social Control and Social Change Among a People of Angola, 1st Edition

    By Adrian C. Edwards

    Originally published in 1962, this study discusses the changes in the life of the Ovimbundu from the time of their caravan trade in slaves, rubber, and ivory down to the more recent period when the organization of their chiefdoms was influenced by the Catholic missions, Portuguese administration…

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  • The New Elites of Tropical Africa book cover

    The New Elites of Tropical Africa

    1st Edition

    Edited by P. C. Lloyd

    Originally published in 1966, this book brings together papers dealing with the emergence and development of elites in sub-Saharan Africa among social categories ranging from farmers and women market traders through foremen and merchants to administrators and managers in government and industry.…

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  • Changing Social Structure in Ghana: Essays in the Comparative Sociology of a new State and an old Tradition book cover

    Changing Social Structure in Ghana

    Essays in the Comparative Sociology of a new State and an old Tradition, 1st Edition

    By Jack Goody

    Originally published in 1975, this book presents the results of research into social change in Ghana. The book looks in detail at the problems of particular sub-groups and sectors in one single nation and they show that the field-worker with a wide comparative background in the range of…

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  • Kikuyu: Social and Political Institutions book cover

    Kikuyu

    Social and Political Institutions, 1st Edition

    By H. E. Lambert

    Originally published in 1956, the main emphasis of the book is on the complex age-set organization which constitutes the framework within which the life of every Kikuyu is regulated from infancy to old age. The book shows how the political and territorial organization, the judicial system and the…

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  • Sukumaland: An African People and Their Country: A Study of Land Use in Tanganyika book cover

    Sukumaland: An African People and Their Country

    A Study of Land Use in Tanganyika, 1st Edition

    By D. W. Malcolm

    Originally published in 1953, this book discusses the Sukuma people who represent the largest ethnic group in Tanzania. It is devoted mainly to the resources, use, problems and systems of tenure of the territory of Sukumaland, but also contains an account of Sukama social structure, organisation…

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  • The Premise of Inequality in Ruanda: A Study of Political Relations in a Central African Kingdom book cover

    The Premise of Inequality in Ruanda

    A Study of Political Relations in a Central African Kingdom, 1st Edition

    By Jacques J. Maquet

    Originally published in 1961, this study of the indigenous system of government in Ruanda-Urundi until the beginning of the 20th century, describes the complex relationship between the Tutsi and the Hutu and shows how the Tutsi succeeded in maintaining their political dominance without endangering…

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  • Tribe and Class in Monrovia book cover

    Tribe and Class in Monrovia

    1st Edition

    By Merran Fraenkel

    Originally published in 1964, this book analyses the unique type of social stratification which is more akin to a social class system in Monrovia, Liberia's capital. Liberia, established in 1847 has no history of rule by a colonial power and is of perculiar sociological interest, having been…

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  • Witchcraft, Sorcery and Social Categories Among the Safwa book cover

    Witchcraft, Sorcery and Social Categories Among the Safwa

    1st Edition

    By Alan Harwood

    Originally published in 1970, this book explores the role of concepts of disease in the social life of the Safwa of Tanzania, particularly through beliefs concerning witchcraft and sorcery. Examining Safwa ideas about the cuasation of disease and death and the use of aetiological terms in actual…

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  • The Pastoral Fulbe Family in Gwandu book cover

    The Pastoral Fulbe Family in Gwandu

    1st Edition

    By C. Edward Hopen

    Originally published in 1958, this book discusses how marriage and Fulbe family life, the economy and the whole organization of society is centred on cattle; how the welfare of the herd and its increase, the balance betweent he size of the herd and the size of the family are major preoccupations in…

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  • Ideas and Procedures in African Customary Law: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Eighth International African Seminar at the Haile Sellassie I University, Addis Ababa, January 1966 book cover

    Ideas and Procedures in African Customary Law

    Studies Presented and Discussed at the Eighth International African Seminar at the Haile Sellassie I University, Addis Ababa, January 1966, 1st Edition

    Edited by Max Gluckman

    The 18 papers in this volume, originally published in 1969 in English and French, with summaries in the other language, define and analyze in their wider social contexts the fundamental ideas and procedures to be found in African traditional systems of law. They assess the needs and problems of…

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  • The Development of Indigenous Trade and Markets in West Africa: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Tenth International African Seminar at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, December 1969 book cover

    The Development of Indigenous Trade and Markets in West Africa

    Studies Presented and Discussed at the Tenth International African Seminar at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, December 1969, 1st Edition

    Edited by Claude Meillassoux

    Originally published in 1971 and written in English and French, with summaries in both languages, the essays in this volume dsicuss the effects of internal economic and political conditions and of external relations on the development of trade and markets in West Africa from the period of the slave…

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