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 MAP
9
THE PRODUCTIVE SIDE OF THE ECONOMY
29
DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
52
OFFICES AND AGESETS
68
CLANS
85
I THE PRIVATE WIFE AND PRIVATE
113
Effects of discrepancy in age at marriage
117
AS CREDITOR AND DEBTOR
168
THE ROLE OF THE ARISTOCRATIC CLAN
186
RELIGIOUS SANCTIONS ON VILLAGE UNITY
204
SORCERY
220
Incidence of sorcery accusations
225
Nyamas widow
233
CONTROL OF SORCERY
241
EUROPEAN IMPACT ON LELE SOCIETY
259

II THE COMMUNAL VILLAGEWIFE
128
BLOOD DEBTS
141
Pawn asks lord to settle his blood debt
147
Exchange of pawns
155
Pawnship obligations between clan sections
165
Documentation of South Homba
273
Genealogy of members of Lubelo clan in South
276
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.