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Author Hutchinson, Sharon Elaine, 1952- author

Title Nuer dilemmas : coping with money, war, and the state / Sharon E. Hutchinson
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1996]


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 W'PONDS  962.4004965 Hut/Ndc  DUE 25-07-19
Description xvii, 408 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Orientations -- 2. Blood, Cattle, and Cash: The Commodification of Nuer Values -- 3. Guns, Warfare, and the State: New Contexts of Power, Violence, and Leadership -- 4. Cattle Over Blood: The Changing Symbolism of Gender, Marriage, and Filiation -- 5. "Incest Is Blood and the Cow": Struggles Over the Control of Reproduction -- 6. The Emergence of Bull-Boys: Political Leadership, Legitimacy, and Male Initiation -- 7. "Cattle Aren't Killed for Nothing": Christianity, Conversion, and the Enduring Importance of Prophets -- Appendix: Comparative Divorce Rates among the Nuer, 1936-83
Summary 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. The author 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.The author's work provides a vision for what anthropology has become in the 1990s. Concentrating on Nuer perceptions, experiences, and evaluations of change, the author traces the historical conditions that have led contemporary men and women to reconsider fundamental aspects of their lives
Analysis Sudan History
Notes "A Centennial book"--Page [iii]
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-381) and index
Subject Nuer (African people)
Nuer (African people) -- Economic conditions.
Nuer (African people) -- Politics and government.
Nuer (African people) -- Social conditions.
Sudan -- Ethnic relations.
Sudan -- Politics and government.
LC no. 95001248
ISBN 0520088697