Klopper, Sandra. You only need one bull to cover fifty cows: Zulu women and 'traditional' dress

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

Title: You only need one bull to cover fifty cows: Zulu women and 'traditional' dress

Published By: Original publisher [Johannesburg]: University of the Witwatersrand, African Studies Institute. [1987]. 24 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Sandra Klopper

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 Sociocultural trends (178); Domesticated animals (231); Normal garb (291); Personal grooming (302); Gender status (562); Mode of marriage (583); Nuptials (585); Family relationships (593); Cult of the dead (769); Conception (842);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article tries to place the contemporary (i.e., ca. 1980s) dress of married Zulu women into a broad historical framework. It addresses the problem of why, despite radical economic and political transformations, some of the present conventions of female dress have remained virtually unchanged since Shakan times. By looking particularly at the history of the institution of marriage, it attemps to demonstrate not only how the meanings ascribed to, but also the roles of these conventions have been affected by the codification of so-called customary law and the growth of migrant labor. Given the paucity of information on past perceptions and interpretations of female dress it must be pointed out, that many of the observations which appear in this study are necessarily speculative (p. 1).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 62

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. fx20-062

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: 'African Studies Seminar Paper to be presented at Seminar in RW 319 at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 02 June 1987' Includes bibliographical references (p. 22-24)

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 Ethnologist-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). 1800-1980s

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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