The Ovimbundu Under Two Sovereignties: A Study of Social Control and Social Change Among a People of Angola, 1st Edition (Hardback) 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


186 pages

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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 and wage labour.

Table of Contents

1. The Old Society

2. The Contemporary Social Environment

3. Chiefs and Headmen in Gumba

4. The Internal Structure of Villages

5. Village Economics

6. The Catechetical School

7. Kinship

8. Marriage

9. Social Control

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