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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Howell, P. P. (Paul Philip)
A manual of Nuer law: being an account of customary law, its
evolution and development in the courts established by the Sudan Government
Published By: Original publisher
London: Oxford University Press. 1954. xvi, 256 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by P. P. Howell
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
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Howell has written an outline and discussion of legal norms
among the Nuer. After an introduction giving the historical and cultural background of the
Nuer legal system, the book is divided into five chapters, discussing homicide and bodily
injuries, marriage and divorce, the violation of rights of women, and property rights, with
a concluding chapter on the nature of Nuer law. Throughout this book, legal norms,
sanctions, and judicial authority are explained in terms of Nuer social and political
structure. A glossary at the end of the book provides a useful key to the many Nuer
expressions employed by the author.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-251) and
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.
Arthur Fields ; 1953
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)
Jonglei Province, Sudan
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nuer (African people)