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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Hutchinson, Sharon Elaine, 1952-
Nuer dilemmas: coping with money, war, and the state
Published By: Original publisher
Berkeley: University of California Press. 1996. xvii, 408
p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Sharon E. Hutchinson
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
Age stratification (561);
Informal in-group justice (627);
Ecclesiastical organization (790);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a remarkable account and analysis of the changes
that have occurred in Nuerland in the colonial (1929-1955) and postcolonial period
(1955-present). War, state, trade, money, wage labor, and Christianity have all had an
impact on Nuer life and culture, and challenged the central role cattle have played in it.
Traditionally cattle were a medium of exchange, constituting the bulk of both bridewealth
and blood money. Also, the control of cattle was the basis of age and gender hierarchies.
However, in recent years, guns and cash have become competing mediums of exchange.
Hutchinson shows how Nuer reconcile old and new forms of value, and how this has affected
filiation, marriage patterns, gender relations, and age hierarchies. Her analysis of Nuer
gender relations based on complimentary notions of the blood of humans and cattle is
especially good. She also recounts the awful toll Sudan's civil war (1955-1972,
1983-present) on the Nuer.
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ian Skoggard ; 2000
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nuer (African people)