essay

Economic change and Mossi acculturation

continuity and change in african culturesChicago • Published In 1959 • Pages: 238-256

By: Hammond, Peter B..

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.
Subjects
Acculturation and culture contact
Sociocultural trends
Traditional history
Ethnic stratification
Territorial hierarchy
Household
Priesthood
Lineages
Real property
Tillage
culture
Mossi
HRAF PubDate
2009
Region
Africa
Sub Region
Western Africa
Document Type
essay
Evaluation
Creator Type
Ethnologist
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
Analyst
George R. Bedell ; 1959
Coverage Date
1895-1956
Coverage Place
Burkina Faso
Notes
Peter B. Hammond
Includes bibliographical references
LCCN
58013135
LCSH
Mossi (African people)