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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Meek, C. K. (Charles Kingsley),
Law and authority in a Nigerian tribe: a study in indirect
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New York: Barnes & Noble. . xvi, 372 p. ill.,
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by C. K. Meek ; with a foreword by Lord Lugard
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Government institutions (640);
Age stratification (561);
Cultural participation (184);
Offenses and sanctions (680);
History and culture change (170);
Infancy and childhood (850);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
As the result of the violent and widespread women's riot in
1929, which caught the British Colonial Administration in Nigeria by surprise, a commission
of inquiry was established to look into the causes of the disturbances. After interviewing
hundreds of witnesses, a report was produced containing some of the most interesting
commentaries on colonial administration produced in recent times. This report indicated
that the riots were triggered primarily by an unfounded fear that females were soon to be
taxed (as male members of the community already were) coupled with a scarcity of money as
the result of a heavy fall in the price of palm products. In addition, there was clear
evidence that the Igbo people were generally discontent with the system of Native
Administration established by the British. To rectify this situation, the government
proceeded to undertake an intensive campaign of inquiry into the indigenous social and
political organization of the peoples of South-Eastern Nigeria (including the Igbo area)
with a view to establishing a Native Administration more in accordance with the
institutions and wishes of the people -- the so-called 'indirect rule' which established
pre-existing native institutions in a form of self-government on more progressive lines.
Meek, as government anthropologist and a senior administrative officer, was asked to assist
in this preliminary investigation. The material which he gathered for this report and later
published, originally in 1937, dealing with Igbo systems of government and law, makes up
the major portion of this source. The author notes that his material does not pretend to be
a complete corpus of Igbo jurisprudence, but serves rather as a general guide to
ascertaining the general principles by which Igbo communities govern themselves (p. xii).
In addition to the major theme of Igbo jurisprudence and law, the source also contains
interesting data on culture history and environment, religion, social and political
structure (primarily in the Owerri, Awgu and Nsukka divisions), titles, kinship, age
grades, marriage, childbirth and child rearing, and death and inheritance.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Reprint of the 1937 ed. Includes bibliographical
references and index
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Ethnologist, Government Official-4,5
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1981
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Igbo (African people)