Lloyd, Peter Cutt. The Yoruba of Nigeria

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Yoruba of Nigeria

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Peoples of Africa, edited by James L. Gibbs, Jr.

Published By: Original publisher Peoples of Africa, edited by James L. Gibbs, Jr. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.. 1965. 549-582 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Peter C. Lloyd

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Yoruba (FF62)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Ethos (181); Settlement patterns (361); Cities (633); Urban and rural life (369); External relations (648); Ethnosociology (829); Traditional history (173); Mythology (773); Cultural participation (184); Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Territorial hierarchy (631); Regulation of marriage (582); Polygamy (595); Clans (614); ;

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This summary article on the Yoruba was written by a British social anthropologist especially for this volume. The author's descriptions are authentic and reliable, deriving as they do from a decade of primary field research among the Yoruba. Due to its recency and comprehensiveness, this document should be read as a general introduction prior to consulting other specific material in the Yoruba file. While the author's framework is structural-functional, his analytical statements on the change and continuity in sociopolitical forms do not detract from the excellence of the ethnographic survey. Much of the recent economic dominance and political power of the Yoruba derive from maintaining patterns of wide market commerce. Historical evidence points to phases of empire formation and collapse, to the stage where Yoruba society now consists of a set of independent hereditary kingdoms--with considerable structural variability among them. But the administrative hierarchy of all is on some form of territorial-kinship basis, with the king and his council ultimately controlling the political and economic operations of lesser regional or district chiefs--common geneology or religion legitimating the state. Unifying the Yoruba now, in view of much rapid sociopolitical and economic change, is a sense of national Yoruba identity in language, culture, and myth. Some distinctive features of the society which the author stresses are: the extreme degree of traditional nonindustrial urbanization (possibly on a city-state pattern) and an urban settlement pattern combining both aristocratic noble elite and agrarian lower class peasantry; the anomalous economic and social status of women in their roles within the family and in the market; and the stabilizing of conflicts within the power structure, and principles of royal succession.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 43

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. ff62-043

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 580-582)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1949-1959

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 Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Gilbert Winer ; 1967

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1800-1960

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Nigeria

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Yoruba (African people)


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