Cohen, Ronald. The Kanuri of Bornu

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

Title: The Kanuri of Bornu

Published By: Original publisher New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.. 1967. x, 115 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Ronald Cohen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Kanuri (MS14)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF History (175); Retail marketing (443); Occupational specialization (463); Districts (634); External relations (648); 59*; 86*; 88*;

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this monograph Cohen focuses upon the several selected aspects of Kanuri society which reveal a distinctive and patterned set of social relationships underlying and integrating the prime institutional areas of Kanuri life. The Kanuri household is shown as the basic social structure in which the pattern of superior/subordinate relationships is established. Cohen's analysis of the economic, as well as the Kanuri political structure, emphasizes the interrelation of these areas with the household. The interpersonal relationships characterizing family life and the household also permeate these other areas. The study is enhanced by the frequent description of individual cases. Separate chapters are devoted to the family and the household, the life cycle, economic life, and the political organization. Cohen's limitation of the study to these few areas is discussed in the concluding section. Important areas which are omitted, or merely mentioned in passing, include: religion and Islamic ceremonial life, the belief system of the Kanuri and modal personality traits. Cohen, an American anthropologist, conducted field work in Bornu for twenty-six months. He used participant observation, interviewing, questionnaires, and historical archives. Cohen spoke the Kanuri language and was aided in the field work by his wife and by trained Kanuri assistants. The first chapter contains a brief but useful description of his field experience and his own orientation in ethnographic theory. One chapter is devoted to the many centuries of Bornu history and provides the background for cultural traits which persist to the present day. The persistence of some traditional modes despite modern trends and political change is discussed.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. ms14-001

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: Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-115)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1956-1965

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. Irving Rosenthal ; 1970

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1956-1965

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Maugmeri Borno State, Nigeria

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


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