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1st Edition

Tribe and Class in Monrovia

ISBN 9781138594302
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

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 governed until the first half of the twentieth century by a minority group of immigrants from America and their descendants. The bulk of the population, however, is made up of members of about 20 tribes, between whom and the American descendants a caste-like social system has developed.

Table of Contents

1. The Past

2. Monrovia Today

3. The Tribal Communities and Tribal Administration

4. Kinship and the Household

5. Churches and Societies

6. Social Stratification and Social Mobility

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