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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Johnson, Douglas H. (Douglas Hamilton),
The fighting Nuer: primary sources and the origins of a
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Africa -- Vol. 51, no. 1
Published By: Original publisher
Africa -- Vol. 51, no. 1
London: Oxford University Press. 1981. 508-527 p.
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Douglas H. Johnson
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
Reviews and critiques (114);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
External relations (648);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
In this article Johnson attacks another ethnographic myth
about the Nuer (see document no. 19.) According to Johnson, many traveler and government
accounts depicted the Nuer as 'truculent and aggressive warriors.' Johnson goes to the
archives to find the origin of this myth. He found that Nuer aggressiveness was in response
to initial hostile foreign (Egyptian) intrusion into Nuerland, shooting first and asking
questions later. Also, Dinka interpreters and guides unfavorably influenced early
travelers' opinions regarding the Nuer. Government officials perpetuated the myth out of
their frustration and inability to control the Nuer.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 524-527)
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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.
Ian Skoggard ; 2000
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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)