Johnson, Douglas H. (Douglas Hamilton), 1949-. The fighting Nuer: primary sources and the origins of a stereotype

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

Title: The fighting Nuer: primary sources and the origins of a stereotype

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. map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication 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. Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Reviews and critiques (114); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Territorial hierarchy (631); Provinces (635); 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.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 21

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. fj22-021

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 524-527)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1975-1991

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. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1839-1930

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)


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