Gluckman, Max, 1911-1975. The Kingdon of the Zulu of South Africa

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

Title: The Kingdon of the Zulu of South Africa

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph African political systems, edited by Meyer Fortes … [et al.]

Published By: Original publisher African political systems, edited by Meyer Fortes … [et al.] London: Published for the International African Institute by the Oxford University Press. 1955. 25-55 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Herman Max Gluckman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); Status, role, and prestige (554); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Territorial hierarchy (631); Districts (634); Provinces (635); Chief executive (643); Deliberative councils (646); External relations (648); Public welfare (657); Revolution (669); Military organization (701); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source presents a comparative study of Zulu political organization in the mid-19th century under King Mpande and in the mid-20th century under European rule. After a brief introductory section on cultural history, the discussion turns to an analysis of the role of the king, the various chiefs of the political order and their relationship to and integration into the kinship system of the traditional Zulu period. As with other sources in this file, no clear definition is given of what constitutes a 'chief' -- references are sometimes given to a tribal chief, at other times to a ward head (INDUNA) and frequently the reference is only to 'chief' alone without any political point of reference. Under European rule the political structure has changed considerably. The Zulu king still exists, but primarily as a ceremonial figure. Under reserve administration the various Zulu tribes are grouped into magisterial districts, each under the supervision of a chief with limited judicial authority. The real political power today is vested in the European magistrate who is the superior political and judicial officer in KwaZulu-Natal. The comparisons and contrasts between these two political systems constitute the major bulk of the material in this source.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. fx20-005

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1936-1938

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. John Beierle ; 1979

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca.1450-1938

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)


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