The Konkomba of Northern Ghana: Edited From His Published and Unpublished Writings by Jack Goody, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Konkomba of Northern Ghana

Edited From His Published and Unpublished Writings by Jack Goody, 1st Edition

By David Tait


280 pages

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Originally published in 1964 this book made available for the first time David Tait's writings on the Konkomba with whom he lived and worked for 5 years. Including some previously unpublished material, this volume discusses the political system of the Konkomba but includes aspects of social and religious life.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Political System

1. Relations With Neighbouring Poeples

2. Ecology

3. The Territorial Organization

4. The Clan and Lineage System

5. Marriage and the Extended House

6. The Lineage Over Time

7. Links Between Clans

8. The Tribal System

9. Conclusion

Part 2: The Domestic Organization 10. The Family, Household and Minor Lineage 11. Friendship Relations

Part 3: Some Features of Konkomba Ritual Institutions

12. Divination and Sacrifice 13. Konkomba Sorcery

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