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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Hallpike, C. R. (Christopher Robert)
The status of craftsmen among the Konso of south-west
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Africa -- Vol. 38, no. 3
Published By: Original publisher
Africa -- Vol. 38, no. 3
London: Oxford University Press. 1968. 258-269 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
C. R. Hallpike
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2016. 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
Community structure (621);
Occupational specialization (463);
Ceramic technology (323);
Smiths and their crafts (326);
Work in skins (281);
Clothing manufacture (294);
Real property (423);
Social personality (156);
Avoidance and taboo (784);
Community councils (623);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Social control (626);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This article discusses the social status in traditional
Konso society of a class of artisans, consisting of blacksmiths, weavers, potters, and
tanners. It is proposed that the low status of these occupational groups has to do with
longstanding and irreconcilable contradictions between craft-making and commodity exchange
(believed to be foreign induced) and the value systems of a predominantly agricultural
indigenous people. Artisans produce crafts individually and sell them at a price they want,
while dominant Konso values demanded that one farms cooperatively and exchanges products
among friends and family without assigning values. This has led to the marginalization of
artisans into an endogamous, caste-like and landless group, subordinated to the dominant
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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.
Teferi Abate Adem
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Konso Special Woreda, Southern Nations,
Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Konso (African people)