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The Political Organization of Unyamwezi

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Meyer Fortes
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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511863325

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  • A detailed study of the political organization in an important area of Tanzania shortly before Independence. Unyamwezi covers 35,000 square miles and has a population of 400,000. Dr Abrahams outlines the social and economic framework and examines the origins of the modern political system. He then discusses the internal organization of Nyamwezi chiefdoms and villages and the emergence of national politics. The theoretical and comparative implications of the study, which is based on extensive field work in the area, are also considered.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511863325
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of illustrations
    Foreword Meyer Fortes
    1. The people and their country
    2. The historical background
    3. The external situation
    4. The structure of the chiefdom
    5. The business of government
    6. Mechanisms of continuity
    7. Rulers and subjects
    8. Neighbourhood and politics
    9. Conclusions
    Appendix A: list of chiefdoms in Unyamwezi
    Appendix B: Nyamwezi kinship terminology

  • Author

    R. G. Abrahams, University of Cambridge


    Meyer Fortes

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