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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Reader, D. H.
Zulu tribe in transition: by D.H. Reader
Published By: Original publisher
[Manchester]: Manchester University Press. 1966. x, 363 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
the Makhanya of southern Natal
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Sociocultural trends (178);
Real property (423);
Exchange and transfers (430);
Cooperative organization (474);
Mode of marriage (583);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Judicial authority (692);
Trial procedure (695);
Chief executive (643);
Instigation of war (721);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source, originally a doctoral thesis at Cambridge
University, is a socio-political study of the Makhanya tribe, one of many subdivisions of
the Zulu nation, who are located in Umlazi Magistracy District, Umbumbulu Township. The
fieldwork was undertaken by the author, accompanied by his wife, during a period of
fourteen months during the years 1950-1951. Prior to the actual fieldwork, the author did
extensive secondary research in the relevant literature on the Zulu at Cambridge, and
further supplemented this background information by attending a series of lectures at the
University of Natal in order to learn something of the native language (p. ix). An
interpreter, Charlie Njapha, who later turned out to be an excellent informant as well, was
used throughout the period of fieldwork. The work is divided into four major sections. Part
one, 'the territorial system,' deals generally with Zulu cultural history, tribal
background, and economy. Part two, 'the kinship system,' describes family groupings,
descent groups, and marriage patterns. Part three, 'the politico-judicial system,' deals
primarily with the political organization of the Makhanya, their legal system, and the
manner in which they were organized for warfare and the hunt. The final portion of the
source, 'social systematics' is a theoretical analysis of structure and value systems and
of social change.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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'Originally written as a doctoral thesis … Cambridge
University.' Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-350)
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.
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).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Umbumbulu Township, Umlazi District
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Zulu (African people)