Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan), 1902-1973. The Nuer: a description of the modes of livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people

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

Title: The Nuer: a description of the modes of livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people

Published By: Original publisher Oxford: At the Clarendon press. 1940. viii, [4], 271 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Domesticated animals (231); Pastoral activities (233); Settlement patterns (361); Age stratification (561); Lineages (613); Clans (614); External relations (648); Ordering of time (805); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Evans-Pritchard presents an analytical description of the Nuer, focusing on political structure and function: the Nuer are an 'acephalous kinship state.' The ecological information is well detailed in respect the transhumance and annual cycle. Extensive ethnographic detail on material culture, rituals, etc. has been omitted in favor of general description of tribal and lineage segmentation and political functions of Leopard Skin chiefs, Prophets, etc. In 1957, the author was Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford University. A student of Radcliffe-Brown, he was a distinguished exponent of the British functional approach in its emphasis on the structural-functional analysis of social organization. He also studied other Sudan peoples of East Africa, particularly the Azande, and the Muslim nomadic pastoralists and Sanusi sect of Libya. He also made contributions to general ethnological theory.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. fj22-001

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1931-1936

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 Anthhropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Louise Sweet ; 1957

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1930-1936

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Sobat and Jonglei Provinces, Sudan

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


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