First published in 1950 and this edition in 1987, this book is one of the most wide-ranging and respected surveys on kinship and marriage in African social life. In his introduction, Radcliff-Brown provides a masterly analysis of the main features of African kinship systems and the theoretical problems arising from the study of them. The contributions range from examinations of kinship systems among the Swazi, the Tswana, the Zulu, the Nuer, and the Ashanti, to double descent among the Yakö and dual descent in the Nuba groups of the Sudan. The contributrs themselves are still viewed as giants in their field: Evans-Pritchard, Meyer Fortes, Max Gluckman, Hilda Kuper, Naderl, A. I. Richards, Schapera and Monica Wilson.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of Illustrations; Introduction 1. Kinship among the Swazi 2. Nyakyusa Kinship 3. Kinship and Marriage among the Tswana 4. Kinship and Marriage among the Lozi of Northern Rhodesia and the Zulu of Natal 5. Some Types of Family Structure amongst the Central Bantu 6. Kinship and Marriage among the Ashanti 7. Double Descent among the Yakö 8. Dual Descent in the Nuba Hills 9. Kinship and the Local Community among the Nuer; Index