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The Bantu of North Kavirondo

Volume 2: Economic Life, 1st Edition

By Gunter Wagner


190 pages

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Originally published in 1956, this second volume of the Bantu of North Kenya (Kavirondo) discusses the traditional Bantu economy, as well as 20th century developments as a result of Western contact. The topics dealt with include technology, food production, land tenure and use, rights in cattle, exchange and trade.


Table of Contents

1. Technological Processes 2. Food Production 3. Diet 4. Property 5. Exchange and Trade

About the Series

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.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies