Nuer Dilemmas: Coping with Money, War, and the State / Edition 1

Nuer Dilemmas: Coping with Money, War, and the State / Edition 1

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by Sharon E. Hutchinson
     
 


"Not just a brilliant restudy of one of anthropology's most famous 'peoples' but an exemplary historical ethnography that will be a landmark in the discipline. . . . With extraordinary sensitivity Hutchinson reveals how the Nuer have confronted the most profound moral, social, and political dilemmas of their—and our—changing world."—Lila Abu-Lughod,… See more details below

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"Not just a brilliant restudy of one of anthropology's most famous 'peoples' but an exemplary historical ethnography that will be a landmark in the discipline. . . . With extraordinary sensitivity Hutchinson reveals how the Nuer have confronted the most profound moral, social, and political dilemmas of their—and our—changing world."—Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Writing Women's Worlds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520202849
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/31/1996
Series:
Centennial Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Nuer Language
Prologue1
1Orientations21
2Blood, Cattle, and Cash: The Commodification of Nuer Values56
3Guns, Warfare, and the State: New Contexts of Power, Violence, and Leadership103
4Cattle Over Blood: The Changing Symbolism of Gender, Marriage, and Filiation158
5"Incest Is Blood and the Cow": Struggles Over the Control of Reproduction237
6The Emergence of Bull-Boys: Political Leadership, Legitimacy, and Male Initiation270
7"Cattle Aren't Killed for Nothing": Christianity, Conversion, and the Enduring Importance of Prophets299
Afterword351
Appendix: Comparative Divorce Rates among the Nuer, 1936-83357
Bibliography363
Index383
About the author409

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