Rosman, Abraham. Social structure and acculturation among the Kanuri of northern Nigeria

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Chapter I Introduction

A. Geography

1. Major Geographic Features.

2. The Nature Of The Land.

3. Rainfall And Temperature.

B. History

C. The Ethnographic Distribution Of Peoples In The Area.

1. Linguistic Classification.

2. The Major Groups.

3. The Resistant Groups.

4. Peoples Acculturated To The Kanuri

D. The Over-all Forces Affecting Kanuri Culture.

1. The Political Situation.

2. Education.

3. Economy.

4. The Social System.

5. Material Changes.

E. The Dynamics Of Acculturation

Chapter Ii General Features Of Kanuri Culture

A. Larger Features Of The Economy

1. Ecology, Settlement Patterns And Land Tenure.

2. Subsistence Economy And Cash Crops.

B. Larger Features Of The Political Organization.

1. The Structure Of The Empire In Pre-contact Times.

2. The Political Organization Of The Empire In The Twentieth Century.

C. Religion

1. The Pillars Of Islam.

2. Islamic Law.

3. Education

4. Social Organization.

D. The Community

E. Social Organization

1. Marriage.

2. Divorce.

3. Residence.

4. The Family.

5. The Household.

6. The Web Of Kinship.

F. The System Of Social Stratification.

1. Royalty And Aristocracy.

2. Slaves.

3. Talaka.

4. Changes In The Stratification System.

Chapter Iii The Community Of Geidam

A. The Geography And Ecology Of Geidam.

B. The Physical Nature Of The Community.

1. Foci Of Communal Activity.

2. Wards And Neighborhoods.

C. Economy On The Communal Level.

1. Farming.

2. Craftsmen.

3. Tradesmen.

4. Local Trade, And The Market-place.

5. External Trade.

6. Internal Trade.

D. Political Organization On The Communal Level.

1. The Hierarchy Of Offices In Geidam.

2. A History Of Important Office-holders In Geidam.

3. The Role Of Authority Figures: Sholo.

4. Taxation And The Role Of Kabuna.

5. The Roles Of N.a. Personnel.

E. Religion At The Communal Level.

1. Religious Specialists.

2. Religious Festivals.

F. Marriage, Family And Household.

1. Marriage.

2. Divorce.

3. Family And Household.

G. Social Stratification In Geidam.

1. The Traditional Stratification System In Geidam.

2. Urban Social Structure.

3. The Influence Of Contact With The Industrial West.

Chapter Iv Conceptual Framework Of The Study

A. Theoretical Concepts

1. Concepts Dealing With Social Structure.

2. Concepts Dealing With Acculturation.

B. The Nature Of The Data.

1. Delineating Community Social Structure.

2. Measures Of Acculturation.

C. The Relationship Between Social Structure And Acculturation.

Chapter V Analysis Of The Data

A. Analysis Of Responses To The Thirty Acculturation Measures.

B. Age As A Variable In Acculturation.

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Chapter Vi Interpretations And Conclusions

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

Title: Social structure and acculturation among the Kanuri of northern Nigeria

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms Publications. 1966. v, 379 leaves ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication 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. Kanuri (MS14)

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); Marriage (580); Household (592); Towns (632); Districts (634);

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.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

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. ms14-002

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: 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 1956-1957

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Irving Rosenthal ; Helen Gunsher Bornstein ; 1970-1972

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1956-1957

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)


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