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Title Peace and milk, drought and war : Somali culture, society and politics : essays in honour of I.M. Lewis / edited by Markus V. Hoehne and Virginia Luling
Published London : Hurst & Company, 2010


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Description xiii, 437 pages : maps, portrait ; 22 cm
Contents Pt.I. Colonial period and today -- Reflections 1943-63 -- Benign neglect versus La Grande Somalia: the colonial legacy and the post-colonial Somali state -- Pt.2. Clan politics, pastoral economy and change -- Speculations on the historical origins of the 'total Somali genealogy' -- Trade, lineages, inequalities: twists in the Northern Somali path to modernity -- Question of ethnicity in Somali studies: case of Somali Bantu identity -- Political anthropology of 'pastoral democracy' : scope and limitations of a political ecology -- Pt.3. Islam -- Political islam in Somali history -- Women, Islamics and the military regime in Somalia: new family law and its implications -- Pt.5. Spirit possession -- Saar Gaamuri in Somalia: spirit possession as expression of women's autonomy? -- Pt.5. Poetry -- Somalia: a nation's literary death tops its political demise -- Politics of poetry in the Horn of Africa: a case study in macro-level and micro-level tradition -- Virtual geminates in the metre of Somali poetry -- Cabdillahi Suldaan Maxamed Timocadde (1920-1973): the man with the roaring voice, looking like a lion -- Pt.6. Cultural variations -- Language marginalisation, ethnic nationalism, and cultural crisis in Somalia -- Farmers from Arabia: the role of Gibil Cad Groups in the interior of Southern Somalia -- Pt.7. Language -- Structure of coordination in Somali -- Pt.8. Reflections on the Somali State: what went wrong and why it might not matter -- Social anthropologist as historian: Ioan Lewis as chronicler of Somalia
Summary "I. M. Lewis, anthropologist and historian, is widely considered to be the greatest researcher to chart the origins and development of Somalia. In this volume, established and emerging scholars review Lewis's work, along with the findings of others, and advance new, groundbreaking methods and unprecedented topics. Contributors tackle the impact of colonial powers, such as Britain and Italy; Somali poetic heritage and its relationship with politics; variations between northern/pastoral and southern/agropastoral populations within Somali culture; the significance of clanship, including its influence on livestock trading networks; the origin and nature of Somali "total genealogy"; the political future of the country following the breakdown of the centralized state; and the role of the Somali diaspora. Chapters explain "spirit possession cults," the study of which Lewis helped to establish, and the intricacies of Somali language, names, and terms of kinship. A thorough introduction details the trajectory of Lewis's career and the extent of his legacy after five decades of scholarship." --Publisher
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Lewis, I. M.
Horn of Africa -- Civilization.
Somalia -- Civilization.
Genre/Form Festschriften.
Author Hoehne, Markus V
Lewis, I. M.
Luling, Virginia.
ISBN 1849040443 (hbk.)
1849040451 (paperback)
9781849040440 (hbk.)
9781849040457 (paperback)
Other Titles Milk and peace, drought and war