Tuden, Arthur. Ila property relations and political processes

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Title: Ila property relations and political processes

Published in: Local-level politics; social and cultural perspectives, edited by Marc J. Swartz

Published By: Local-level politics; social and cultural perspectives, edited by Marc J. Swartz Chicago: Aldine Pub. Co., 1968.95-105 P.

By line: Arthur Tuden

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2015.

Culture: Ila (FQ06)

Subjects: Ethos (181); 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);

Abstract: 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 implications.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: fq06-009

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 105)

Field Date: 1953-1962

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2014

Coverage Date: 1920-1968

Coverage Place: Namwala and Itezhi-Tezhi districts, Southern Province, Zambia

LCSH: Ila (African people)


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