Hallpike, C. R. (Christopher Robert). The principles of alliance formation between Konso towns

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Title: The principles of alliance formation between Konso towns

Published in: Man -- Vol. 5, no. 2

Published By: Man -- Vol. 5, no. 2 Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, etc.. 1970. 258-280 p. ill.

By line: C. R. Hallpike

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Konso (MP17)

Subjects: Community structure (621); Inter-community relations (628); Social relationships and groups (571); Friendships (572); Warfare (726); Aftermath of combat (727); Priesthood (793);

Abstract: This article examines the principles governing inter-community alliances. It shows that Konso towns are related to one another both structurally and historically. Junior towns are established by migrants from a senior town. Contrary to the conventional view of kinship as a basis of lasting inter-group solidarity, the most friction was observed among towns that held senior-junior relationships. Consequently, the degree of alliance among towns appears inversely related to both structural and spatial distance. Relations among the different Konso villages were dynamic, greatly influenced by each town's pragmatic calculations of the costs and benefits of political alliance with other towns.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: mp17-002

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1965-1967

Evaluation: Anthropologist-4, 5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: 1827-1967

Coverage Place: Konso Special Woreda, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia

LCSH: Konso (African people)


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