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

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Overview


Through the pioneering efforts of the famed British anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, the Nuer of southern Sudan have become one of anthropology's most celebrated case studies. Now Sharon Hutchinson combines fresh ethnographic evidence and contemporary theoretical perspectives to show not only what has happened to the Nuer since their 1930s encounters with Evans-Pritchard, but, more importantly, what is to be gained from a thoroughly historicized treatment of ethnographic materials. Hutchinson's work provides a vision for what anthropology has become in the 1990s.

Concentrating on Nuer perceptions, experiences, and evaluations of change, Hutchinson traces the historical conditions that have led contemporary men and women to reconsider fundamental aspects of their lives. She raises a number of important issues that Evans-Pritchard did not: How can we move beyond static structural models based on notions of cultural "boundedness," "homogeneity," and "order"? How have Nuer people been actively reshaping and reassessing local forms of power in light of dramatic economic shifts, religious proselytizing, civil war, and colonial and postcolonial rule?

Hutchinson has produced a rich ethnographic document that offers a new rhetorical strategy for writing ethnographies that is processual, dialogical, and reflexive all at once.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520202849
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/1996
  • Series: Centennial Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon E. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Nuer Language
Prologue 1
1 Orientations 21
2 Blood, Cattle, and Cash: The Commodification of Nuer Values 56
3 Guns, Warfare, and the State: New Contexts of Power, Violence, and Leadership 103
4 Cattle Over Blood: The Changing Symbolism of Gender, Marriage, and Filiation 158
5 "Incest Is Blood and the Cow": Struggles Over the Control of Reproduction 237
6 The Emergence of Bull-Boys: Political Leadership, Legitimacy, and Male Initiation 270
7 "Cattle Aren't Killed for Nothing": Christianity, Conversion, and the Enduring Importance of Prophets 299
Afterword 351
Appendix: Comparative Divorce Rates among the Nuer, 1936-83 357
Bibliography 363
Index 383
About the author 409
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    Wonderful Professor

    I have an Anthropolgy class with Ms. Hutchinson at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and since I found her so fascinating in class, I thought I'd read her book as well. She really captures the Nuer and the passion I see she feels for their plight in class really shows through in her writing. Read this!

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