The Lele of the Kasai
This first volume is a compilation of numerous essays by Douglas on the Lele in the Belgian Congo covering a fifteen year period. There are early indications of Douglas's cultural imagination and written expression that were to make her works accessible and relevant to a western readership of non-anthropologists. The intellectural tools and examples she gained from Africanist ethnography continue to serve her explorations of European and American society.
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THE LELE ON THE
THE PRODUCTIVE SIDE OF THE ECONOMY
DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
OFFICES AND AGESETS
I THE PRIVATE WIFE AND PRIVATE
II THE COMMUNAL VILLAGEWIFE
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