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Social structure and acculturation among the Kanuri of
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Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms Publications.
1966. v, 379 leaves ill.
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by Abraham Rosman
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Retail marketing (443);
Labor supply and employment (464);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This doctoral dissertation examines the issue of
acculturation. In it the author explores the question: How does acculturation differ among
differing groups in an urban community? He describes Kanuri social structure and focuses on
how it guides and directs acculturation. His independent variable, the social structure, is
however itself undergoing change concurrently, and this is the author's second theme.
Thirdly, he examines the mechanism whereby the existing Kanuri social structure retains its
essential integration, during the ongoing process of change. To provide a background for
exploring the above issues in acculturation, the author first describes the general
features of Kanuri culture. Thus, the first half of this work includes discussion of the
Kanuri economy, the political organization, religion, and Kanuri social organization,
beginning with the family, the distinctive Kanuri household, and the kinship system.
Special attention is paid to the system of social stratification. This study of the Kanuri
of Bornu, a province in northern Nigeria, has two primary aspects: 1) A community study of
a large town in Bornu; and 2), a presentation and analysis of data concerning the extent of
acculturation in a sample of 44 Kanuri. There is a lengthy and a sound presentation of the
theoretical issues underlying the author's approach to the process of acculturation. A
preponderance of the material is based on Rosman's one year field research. The author and
his wife, a trained psychologist, employed participant observation, questionnaires, and
intensive interview of 44 Kanuri adults, on whom he offers extensive data based upon an
instrument he devised to measure acculturation. Material on the history of the Kanuri is
very meager. (A very adequate coverage of Kanuri history can be found in source 1: Cohen,
Ronald, MS14 Kanuri.) A weakness in his methodology (the procedure in selecting the sample
size) is discussed and held by the author to be minimal. This aspect of the study, along
with the size of some of the groups in his sample, warrants further scrutiny.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
UM 66-2677 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Yale University, 1962
Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-379)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
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.
Irving Rosenthal ; Helen Gunsher Bornstein ;
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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)
Borno State, Nigeria
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Kanuri (African people)