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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Leadership and authority in an African society: the Afikpo
Published By: Original publisher
Seattle: University of Washington Press. . xviii,
336 p., plates ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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
Age stratification (561);
Community structure (621);
Inter-community relations (628);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Trial procedure (695);
Judicial authority (692);
Legal and judicial personnel (693);
Gender status (562);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source contains a lucid and lengthy description and
analysis of the social structure of the Afikpo village-group. The author builds his
discussion from the smallest units (lineages, age sets, and secret societies) on out to
larger units including the village and village-group. While there is information on the
activities of all these groups, the focus is always on their structure, their place in the
local authority structure, their leadership structure, and the process of decision-making
within small groups. One of the major conclusions of this study is that, although the
Afikpo village-group is organizationally complex in terms of the number of groups to which
any person belongs, '…the complexities are reducible to a number of fundamental features,
based on descent, age, and sexual distinctiveness, which interpenetrate each type of
organization, and to a limited number of types of generalized leadership roles.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-328)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1951-1953, 1959-1960, 1966
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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Eleanor C. Swanson ; 1980-1981
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Afikpo village-group, southeastern
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Igbo (African people)