The Samburu

The Samburu : A Study of Gerontocracy in a Nomadic Tribe

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In an era of rapid change for Africa, this nomadic tribe clings to its traditional way of life. This book examines their society, and provides the first full published description of human life in the area. The author, a social anthropologist, spent more than two years among the Samburu; as an adopted member of one of their clans, he perceived how their values and attitudes are closely interwoven with a social system that resists change. Case studies support the general analysis throughout. Originally published in more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.81mm | 430g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138861960
  • 9781138861961

Table of contents

1. The Pastoral Economy2. Clanship and Exogamy3. The Family and the Herd4. The Structure of Samburu Society5. The Moran6. The Moran and the Total Society7. Elderhood and the Curse8. The Status of Women9. Social Attitudes and Ceremony10. The Samburu and some Neighbouring Tribes: A Comparison11. Conclusion: The Gerontocratic Societyshow more