Heald, Suzette. Controlling anger: the sociology of Gisu violence

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The Plan Of The Book



Part 1 The Problem

1 A Reputation For Violence

On Unity And Variation

A Reputation For Violence


2 Differing Standards: Homicide Statistics And Methodological Implications

Sources Of Official Data

The Statistical Base

Bias In The Records

Patterns Of Gisu Murder

Statistics, Validity And The Question Of Poisoning

Anthropology And Statistics: An Assessment


Part 2 The Accusational Nexus

3 On Being A Man: The Nature Of Gisu Experience

The Circumcision Ritual

The Paradox Of The Ritual

The Qualities Of Manhood

The Basis Of Judgement


4 Some Sources Of Tension: Work, Wealth And Reputation

Ecology And Economy

Economic Activity

Rural Stratification



Marriage And Divorce



5 Witches And Wastrels

Father And Son

Bachelor Wastrels

The Cursers

Witches And Witchcraft

The Night Dancers



Part 3 Kinship, Community And Cosmology

6 The Agnatic Charter

The Agnatic Charter

Geographical Variation

The Lineage

The Spread Of Kinship



7 Land Without Loyalty

Community And Politics

Blood Compensation

The Lineage And Lineage Theory

The Joking Relationship, Bukulo

Joking And Fighting: Comparative Considerations

The Symbolism Of Peace

Lineage And The Lack Of Loyalty


8 Community And Conflict


The Beer Party As A Situation Of Death

Strategies For Living

The Court System In The 1960s

The Control Of Disputes

The Development Of Rumour



9 Excess And Restraint In The Morality Of Kinship

1 Ancestors, Morality And Kinship

Ancestral Powers: The Interdependence Of Dead And Living

Rules, Relationships And Morality

Ancestral Rules And Transgression

2 Joking And Avoidance: Another Reading Of Kinship



Part 4 Community In The Making

10 ‘we Are The Gisu Government’: The New Movements

The Drinking Companies

The Vigilantes


11 Mafias In Africa

The Political Context

Witch-cleansing Cults And The Vigilantes




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

Title: Controlling anger: the sociology of Gisu violence

Published By: Original publisher Manchester [England] ; New York: Manchester University Press, for the International African Institute, London ; Distributed in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press. 1989. xi, 296 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Suzette Heald

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Bagisu (FK13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Social relationships and groups (571); Sodalities (575); Mode of marriage (583); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Kin relationships (602); Parents-in-law and children-in-law (606); Lineages (613); Community heads (622); Police (625); Offenses against life (682); Offenses against the person (683); Property offenses (685); Sorcery (754); Ethnopsychology (828); Puberty and initiation (881); Adulthood (885);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph is based on the author's fieldwork among the Bagisu people of Central Bugisu, Uganda, from August 1965 to June l969. The main emphasis in this work is to show the various ways in which violence presents itself in Bagisu life, and the manner in which it is brought under control in the society. Most of the major topics in this document, are related to violence and its repression. These topics include: an account of the reputation of the Bagisu for violence leading back to early colonial days; statistics on homicide; the association of violence with manhood and the expression of anger; the ordeal of circumcision; behavior and treatment of witches and thieves; inheritance; kinship; hostility management in the community; ancestor beliefs; joking and avoidance behavior; and the establishment of new institutions to control violence, such as the vigilante groups and the drinking companies.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

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. fk13-003

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 (p. 282-289) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document August 1965-June 1969

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 Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2003

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900-1970s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Bugisu District, Mount Ellgon region, Uganda

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


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