Strategies and Norms in a Changing Matrilineal Society: Descent, Succession and Inheritance Among the Toka of Zambia

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Mai 1986



The theme of this book is the analysis of the changes that have occurred in the kinship patterns of the Toka of South Zambia as a result of a shift in their form of production from hoe agriculture to ox-drawn ploughing. Dr Holy uses the rich, detailed ethnography that he provides about these changes to confront several theoretical issues of current anthropological interest, as well as to examine the basic methodological problems of anthropological enquiry. Emphasising the distinction between the conceptual and cognitive world of the actors, and the transactions and events in which they engage, he argues that anthropological explanation has to account not only for structure, but also for the purposeful interaction between actors that generates that structure.


List of maps and diagrams; List of tanles; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Descent categories and local ties in traditional Toka society; 2. Technological development and the restructuring of the relations of production; 3. Changing norms of inheritance; 4. The structure of local groups; 5. The changing concept of the basimukowa; 6. Mukowa and ritual; 7. The role of the mukowa in succession; 8. The role of the mukowa in inheritance; 9. Mukowa: representational and operational models; 10. Norms as a strategic resource; Appendices; Notes; References; Index.
EAN: 9780521303002
ISBN: 0521303001
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Biologica'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 1986
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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