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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.
|List of Illustrations|
|A Note on the Nuer Language|
|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|
|Appendix: Comparative Divorce Rates among the Nuer, 1936-83||357|
|About the author||409|
Posted October 5, 2000
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.