Ila property relations and political processes
Published in: Local-level politics; social and cultural perspectives, edited by Marc J.
Local-level politics; social and cultural perspectives, edited by Marc J.
Chicago: Aldine Pub. Co., 1968.95-105 P.
By line: Arthur Tuden
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Cultural identity and pride (186);
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
Domesticated animals (231);
Property in movables (422);
Exchange transactions (437);
Medium of exchange (436);
Manipulative mobility (557);
Accumulation of wealth (556);
Kin relationships (602);
Saving and investment (454);
Social relationships and groups (571);
Inter-community relations (628);
Mode of marriage (583);
Gift giving (431);
This essay is an examination of the relationships between cattle ownership and
political processes among the Ila. Unlike societies with a dominant cash economy and
marked differences in access to productive capacities, the Ila rely on cattle as mediums
of exchanges that occur in a kinship context of gift giving and ceremonial transactions.
Yet, the author observes that kinship obligations do not prevent some ambitious Ila men
from accumulating more property than others by manipulating transactions. The focus is
on important methods of accumulating property and their political
Document ID: fq06-009
Includes bibliographical references (p. 105)
Teferi Abate Adem; 2014
Namwala and Itezhi-Tezhi districts, Southern Province, Zambia
Ila (African people)