Hammond, Peter B.. Economic change and Mossi acculturation

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Title: Economic change and Mossi acculturation

Published in: Continuity and change in African cultures, edited by William R. Bascom and Melville J. Herskovits

Published By: Continuity and change in African cultures, edited by William R. Bascom and Melville J. Herskovits Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959. 238-256 p.

By line: Peter B. Hammond

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Mossi (FA28)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Traditional history (173); Ethnic stratification (563); Territorial hierarchy (631); Household (592); Priesthood (793); Lineages (613); Real property (423); Tillage (241);

Abstract: This article is concerned primarily with the changes in the culture of those Mossi who have been resettled in the area of the recently developed Niger Irrigation Project. As a background to his statements on such changes, the author presents a survey of Mossi political and social organization, the traditional agricultural and trading economy, a few aspects of the religion which are closely related to the economy, and a brief description of the economic cycle and the calendar of ceremonial observances which mark its phases. The principal adjustments discussed with regard to the resettlement are related to new introductions in technology, the influence of Islam on the pagan religion, and the change from residence rules and social groupings based on kinship to those which are determined by the administration. The author was a member of the faculty in the department of anthropology and sociology of the University of Pittsburgh.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: fa28-005

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: 1954-1956

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: George R. Bedell ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1895-1956

Coverage Place: Burkina Faso

LCSH: Mossi (African people)


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