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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan),
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, , 271 p.
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.
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);
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.
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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.
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).
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)