Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan), 1902-1973. The Nuer: a description of the modes of livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people

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Title: The Nuer: a description of the modes of livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people

Published By: Oxford: At the Clarendon press, 1940. viii, [4], 271 p.: ill., maps

By line: By E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Domesticated animals (231); Pastoral activities (233); Settlement patterns (361); Age stratification (561); Lineages (613); Clans (614); External relations (648); Ordering of time (805); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: Evans-Pritchard presents an analytical description of the Nuer, focusing on political structure and function: the Nuer are an 'acephalous kinship state.' The ecological information is well detailed in respect the transhumance and annual cycle. Extensive ethnographic detail on material culture, rituals, etc. has been omitted in favor of general description of tribal and lineage segmentation and political functions of Leopard Skin chiefs, Prophets, etc. In 1957, the author was Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford University. A student of Radcliffe-Brown, he was a distinguished exponent of the British functional approach in its emphasis on the structural-functional analysis of social organization. He also studied other Sudan peoples of East Africa, particularly the Azande, and the Muslim nomadic pastoralists and Sanusi sect of Libya. He also made contributions to general ethnological theory.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: fj22-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1931-1936

Evaluation: Social Anthhropologist-5

Analyst: Louise Sweet ; 1957

Coverage Date: 1930-1936

Coverage Place: Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan

LCSH: Nuer (African people)

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