Kinship and Marriage among The Nuer: E. E. Evans-Pritchard Kinship and Marriage among The Nuer: E. E. Evans-Pritchard Kinship and Marriage among The Nuer: E. E. Evans-Pritchard Kinship and Marriage among The Nuer: E. E. Evans-Pritchard

Kinship and Marriage among The Nuer

E. E. Evans-Pritchard

Published by Oxford At The Claredon Press, London, 1965
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Dust jacket is grubby, top of spine cover has been nibbled. This book is clean, bright and tight. Ecology shapes the nature of human production, and the Nuer are no exception to this rule. At the time of Evans-Pritchard's field research, they were predominantly cattle pastoralists who also engaged in limited horticultural pursuits. According to Evans-Pritchard, "they consider that horticulture is an unfortunate necessity involving hard and unpleasant labor and not an ideal occupation, and they tend to act on the conviction that the larger the herd [of cattle] the smaller need be the garden" (Evans-Pritchard 1940:80). Following this, cattle play an integral role as the cultural core of Nuer existence. There is a connection between the language of cattle and the labels for human beings. Following the first part of the book which focuses on cattle and ecology, a chapter on time and space provides a transition to the second section of the book. This chapter bridges the two sections on environment and social structure. The division of the text is critical to a reading of The Nuer as an ethnography, as well as to a reading of Nuer life. There is interconnectedness between the environment and time/space, social structure and time/space, and the environment and social structure. Each system or aspect of life informs the other. Nuer kinship, as discussed in the second half of the book, is referenced by age-sets. Evans-Pritchard explains that "the adult male population falls into stratified groups based on age, and we call these groups 'age-sets'" (Evans-Pritchard 1940:6). Further, both space and time are structurally and linguistically differentiated by reference to these age-sets (Evans-Pritchard 1940:106) so an understanding of social structure is impossible without first having a grasp on Nuer constructions of time and space. Nuer tribes and lineages are affected by a principle of structural relativity (Evans-Pritchard 1940:135), tribes being defined as the largest group that rallies socially. Bookseller Inventory # 000491

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Title: Kinship and Marriage among The Nuer

Publisher: Oxford At The Claredon Press, London

Publication Date: 1965

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 3rd Edition

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