Cohen, Ronald. Social stratification in Bornu

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

Title: Social stratification in Bornu

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Social stratification in Africa, edited by Arthur Tuden and Leonard Plotnicov

Published By: Original publisher Social stratification in Africa, edited by Arthur Tuden and Leonard Plotnicov New York: The Free Press. 1970. 225-267 p.

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 Occupational specialization (463); Status, role, and prestige (554); Ethnic stratification (563); Classes (565); Form and rules of government (642);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, Cohen examines the multiple factors, such as ethnicity, occupation, lineage, gender, class, and material wealth, which influence Kanuri status distinctions. Traditionally, Kanuri society was divided between a noble class, who resided in the capital where they served in the central bureaucracy, and a commoner class of farmers, craftsmen and merchants, who catered to the needs of the upper class. In rural areas high status was based on wealth, household size and social proximity to powerful leaders. Nobility and commoners alike had slaves. Ethnic groups were ranked into three categories: fellow Moslims who shared the same status as the Kanuri, eg., Arabs, Hausa and Shuwa. A second category of non-Moslims who were internally ranked according to occupation. A low status group of tribal peoples included the Tuareg, Tiv and Cameroons. Cohen also discusses class differencs in custom and dress, social mobility, and the importance of a Western education.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

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. ms14-012

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 267)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1955-57; summers 1964-66

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. Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1955 - 1966

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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