Mackinnon, Aran S.. Chiefly authority, leapfrogging headmen and the political economy of Zululand, South Africa, ca. 1930-1950

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

Title: Chiefly authority, leapfrogging headmen and the political economy of Zululand, South Africa, ca. 1930-1950

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of southern African studies -- Vol. 27, no. 3

Published By: Original publisher Journal of southern African studies -- Vol. 27, no. 3 [London]: Oxford University Press. 2001. 567-590 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Aran S. Mackinnon

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 Status, role, and prestige (554); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Community heads (622); Districts (634); Provinces (635); Chief executive (643); Public welfare (657); Legal and judicial personnel (693); Recruitment and training (702);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In early twentieth century South Africa, where white and capitalist domination of Africans was the central feature of the country's political economy, various elements of African society tried to use 'tradition' in a defensive manner to resist the pernicious effects of social and economic dislocation. During the 1930s and 1940s, the Zulu king and chiefs held popular support, despite their incorporation into the white state that threatened to undermine their legitimacy. This was, in part, because of their power over land allocation, and in part because they represent a symbolic and idealized past in wich the Zulu kingdom fought to defend itself against colonial conquest and intervention. Shula Marks first highlighted the importance of the Natal-Zululand case for understanding chiefly authority, as well as the chiefs' opposition to, and co-option by the state. This paper draws on her work to expand the discussion of Zulu chiefs and headmen, especially in the economic sphere, and argues that insufficient attention have been devoted to differences between northern and southern Zululand, and to the strategies of non-royal headmen in shaping the pattern of local authority (p. 567).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 51

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. fx20-051

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

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Historian-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1930-1950

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

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


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