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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Lambert, H. E.
Kikuyu social and political institutions
Published By: Original publisher
London: International African Institute. 1956. 149 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
H. E. Lambert
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
Community structure (621);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Personal names (551);
Age stratification (561);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Childhood activities (857);
Premarital sex relations (836);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is primarily a study of the organization of
Kikuyu age sets and their social and political functions. Institutions which are intimately
connected with the age sets such as the initiatory rites and the 'kiama' are discussed in
detail. The division of political powers, the selection of local leaders, and the
functioning of the judicial and legislative machinery are the main political topics
described in this volume. Information on the nearby Meru, Chuka, Embu and Tharaka peoples
has been marked for the Chuka file. The Kikuyu 'kiama' which has social as well as
political functions is marked for 575 Sodalities. Its military and judicial functions,
however, are marked for categories 701 and 692 respectively.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references
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.
Robert Lee ; 1958
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)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Kikuyu (African people)