Kuper, Adam. The 'house' and Zulu political structure in the nineteenth century

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

Title: The 'house' and Zulu political structure in the nineteenth century

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of African history -- Vol. 34, no. 3

Published By: Original publisher Journal of African history -- Vol. 34, no. 3 London ; New York: Cambridge University Press. 1993. 469-487 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Adam Kuper

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 Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Traditional history (173); Sociocultural trends (178); Household (592); Moieties (616); Community structure (621); Chief executive (643); Executive household (644);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The rise of the Zulu power in the early nineteenth century has conventionally been treated as the outstanding example of a contemporary southern African process of 'state-formation', which was associated with revolutionary social changes. This paper advances an alternative view, that there were strong continuities with established forms of chieftaincy in the region, and in particular that the Zulu political system was based on a traditional, pan-Nguni homestead form of organization. The Zulu homestead was divided into right and left sections, each with its own identity and destiny. This opposition was mapped into the layout of ordinary homesteads and royal settlements. It was carried through into the organization of regiments. The homestead and its segments provided both the geographical and the structural nodes of the society. The developmental cycle of the homestead ideally followed a set pattern, creating a fresh alignment of units in each generation. The points of segmentation were provided by the 'houses', constituted for each major wife and her designated heir. Each of these houses represented the impact , within the homestead, or relationships sealed by marriage with outside groups, whose leaders threw their weight behind particular factions in the political processes within the family (p. 487).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 55

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. fx20-055

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 1991-1992

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 ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1790s-1890s

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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