Landed Obligation The Practice of Power in Buganda

ISBN-10: 0325070369
ISBN-13: 9780325070360
Edition: 2003
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.21" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Focusing on love's importance to power, Hanson suggests new interpretations of the history of Buganda. She traces an African habit of thought - the idea that people ought to be tied by bonds of affection - to show how people used this idea to knot together a kingdom and criticize colonial practices of power. Scholars and students of Buganda, as well as readers intrigued by comparative study of social structure, power, and power's practices in Africa, will find Hanson's vital analysis extremely valuable. "When people in Buganda thought about power, they spoke about love." So begins this study of practices of power and mutual obligation between people with authority, and those they ruled in the East African kingdom of Buganda. Hanson follows the Ganda association of love and power from the origins of the kingdom through the tumultuous argument over the nature of good government that occurred in Buganda in the 1920s. She examines what love in governance meant to the Baganda, and how a rhetoric of loving concern came to rationalize the extreme violence of 19th-century Ganda rulers. The Baganda used reciprocal obligation, pledged in land but understood as an expression of affection, to create connections, to incorporate strangers, and to vanquish competitors in an ongoing struggle for followers and prestige.

Holly Elisabeth Hanson is Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mt. Holyoke College.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Language
A Dynastic Chronology of the Buganda Kingdom
A Timeline for Buganda and Uganda
Introduction
Creating Relationships with Gifts of Land: Lineages, Chiefs, and Royals Interact to Make the State, ca. 900-ca. 1700
Kabakas Struggle to Hold the Center: The Destabilizing Consequences of Stolen People and Unobligated Power, ca. 1500-ca. 1800
Chiefship in the Dissolution and Restoration of Civil Order, 1857-1899
When the Miles Came: Asserting Sovereignty with Land
The Erosion of Reciprocal Obligation, 1906-1920
The Order of Miles on Trial
Conclusion
Afterword: What Happened to Mailo Land?
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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