Order and Rebellion in Tribal Africa: Collected Essays with an Autobiographical Introduction

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Social Science - 273 pages
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These essays are mainly concerned with the development of some of Max Gluckman's ideas about African politics. He regarded frequent rebellions to replace incumbents of political offices (as against revolutions to alter the structure of offices) as inherent in these politics. Later he connected this situation with modes of husbandry, problems of the devolution of power, types of weapons and the law of treason. He advanced to a general theory of ritual, as well as to general propositions about the position of officials representing conflicting interests within a hierarchy, typified by the African chief under colonial rule.
Originally published in 1963.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
An Advance in African Sociology
50
Succession and Civil War among the Bemba
84
Rituals of Rebellion in SouthEast Africa
110
The Magic of Despair
137
The Village Headman in British Central Africa
146
Chief and Native Commissioner in Modern
171
The Reasonable Man in Barotse Law
178
Malinowskis Functional Analysis of Social
207
Malinowskis Contribution to Social
235
MalinowskiFieldworker and Theorist
244
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Max Gluckman (1911-1975) was founder and head of the department of social anthropology and sociology at the University of Manchester. He is well known for his many books and articles on the peoples of South and Central Africa and on social anthropology in general. He was a political activist and was strongly and openly anti-colonial.

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