The Lele of the Kasai

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Social Science - 286 pages
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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE LELE ON THE
9
THE PRODUCTIVE SIDE OF THE ECONOMY
29
DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
52
OFFICES AND AGESETS
69
I THE PRIVATE WIFE AND PRIVATE
113
II THE COMMUNAL VILLAGEWIFE
128
BLOOD DEBTS
137
AS CREDITOR AND DEBTOR
168
THE ROLE OF THE ARISTOCRATIC CLAN
186
RELIGIOUS SANCTIONS ON VILLAGE UNITY
204
CONTROL OF SORCERY
231
EUROPEAN IMPACT ON LELE SOCIETY
259
Documentation of South Homba
273
Bibliographic References
280
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About the author (2003)

Born in Italy, Mary Douglas was educated at Oxford University and began her career as a civil servant in 1943. Her first field research was carried out in what was then the Belgian Congo and she taught at Oxford and the University of London before moving to the United States in 1977. Purity and Danger (1966) is an essay about the logic of pollution beliefs, suggesting that ideas about dirt and disorder outline and reinforce particular social orders. Her other essays exploring the implicit meanings of cultural symbols follow a similar Durkheimian format. Her recent interests have turned to analysis of risk behavior and cross-cultural attitudes about food and alcohol.

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