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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Justice and judgment among the Tiv
Published By: Original publisher
London, New York [etc.]: Published for the International
African Institute by the Oxford University Press. 1968. xx, 221 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Borrowing and lending (426);
Informal in-group justice (627);
Legal norms (671);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This comprehensive account of the Tiv judicial system is
based on 73 cases recorded by Bohannan, his assistants, and court scribes, and interviews
with judges. The Tiv judicial system is divided among magistrates' courts, district or
native courts, and what Bohannan refers to as moots, which are informal lineage-based
tribunals. The magistrates' courts are based on a code of law and adjudicate disputes
between the largest lineage segments which in the past redressed wrongs through warfare.
The native courts hear cases within the largest lineage segment largely concerning failure
to pay debts or brideprice. Moots deal with cases internal to the smallest lineage segment
where a complex history of grievances is often too delicate to sort out, and the need to
maintain the integrity of the group is paramount. Moots often occur during funerals when
rights and obligations among kin have to be reasserted. At this level the accusations of
witchcraft and the establishment of protective fetishes demarcate and reconstitute the
lineage's moral structure.
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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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ian Skoggard ; 1996
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)
Benue State, Nigeria
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Tiv (African people)