Schism and Continuity in an African Society: A Study of Ndembu Life / Edition 1

Schism and Continuity in an African Society: A Study of Ndembu Life / Edition 1

by Victor Turner, V. W. Turner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0854962824

ISBN-13: 9780854962822

Pub. Date: 08/01/1996

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

A reprint of the seminal anthropological work of the 1960s.
Originally published by Manchester University Press.

Victor Turner will be remembered as the anthropologist who developed the concept of the ‘social drama', a method used extensively by anthropologists to describe and analyse the social life of a community. In essence, this

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A reprint of the seminal anthropological work of the 1960s.
Originally published by Manchester University Press.

Victor Turner will be remembered as the anthropologist who developed the concept of the ‘social drama', a method used extensively by anthropologists to describe and analyse the social life of a community. In essence, this technique involves analysing social crises within a community over a period of time in order to gain a better understanding of the key principles that govern the social life of the community.

This book -- Turner's first ‘social drama' study -- focuses on the village life of the Ndembu of Zambia who were then under British rule. The social constraints, such as the matrilineally-inherited headmanship system, and the various releases from these constraints, provoked periodic crises which caused great disruption and pain. These crises made visible the contradictions between the principles governing social life and the conflicts experienced between individuals and groups when enforcing these principles. Seven social dramas are discussed - all from one family over a period of twenty years -- each substantiated by sociological and demographic research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780854962822
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
Classic Reprint Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
1,288,642
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1996 Edition
Preface to the 1972 Edition
Preface to the 1968 Edition
Preface to the 1957 Edition
Acknowledgements
IHistorical and Ecological Background1
IIThe Village: Topography and Demography34
IIIThe Social Composition of the Village61
IVMatrilineal Descent : The Basic Principle of Village Organization82
VMatrilineal Succession and the Dynamics of Village Intrigue131
VIVillage Fission, Slavery and Social Change169
VIIVarieties of Village Fission204
VIIIThe Structural Implications of Virilocal Marriage within the Village234
IXPolitical Aspects of Kinship and Affinity258
XThe Politically Integrative Function of Ritual288
XIThe Chieftainship318
XIIPostscript328
Bibliography332
Index337
Appendices

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