Lewis, I. M.. The Somali lineage system and the total genealogy: a general introduction to basic principles of Somali political institutions

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

Title: The Somali lineage system and the total genealogy: a general introduction to basic principles of Somali political institutions

Published By: Original publisher Hargeisa, British Somaliland: [s.n.]. 1957. HRAF Ms: i, 1-72 p. [original: ii, 139 p.] [incomplete]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication I. M. Lewis

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Somali (MO04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Lineages (613); Social stratification (560);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a report for administrative officials in the Somali country. It is concerned with the Somali political institutions which Lewis shows to be based on the lineage system. In the sections included here, Lewis discusses kinship, lineage alliances, adoption and genealogical fictions, the position of Asian immigrants, the separate status of Sab bondsmen, the construction of the total genealogy, descent from Arabia, deviant claims of Arabian descent, and independent Arabian clans of sheikhs and teachers. Lewis taught at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

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. mo04-014

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Report on C.D. and W. [Colonial Development and Welfare] Scheme R. 632 Anthropological Research Includes bibliographical references (p. 69-72) Only pp. 42-94, 137-139 are included

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1955-1957

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. Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1955-1957

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Somalis


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