Nuer Dilemmas Coping with Money, War and the State

ISBN-10: 0520202848

ISBN-13: 9780520202849

Edition: 1996

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Description: Through the pioneering efforts of the famed British anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, the Nuer of southern Sudan have become one of anthropology's most celebrated case studies. Now Sharon Hutchinson combines fresh ethnographic evidence and contemporary theoretical perspectives to show not only what has happened to the Nuer since their 1930s encounters with Evans-Pritchard, but, more importantly, what is to be gained from a thoroughly historicized treatment of ethnographic materials. Hutchinson's work provides a vision for what anthropology has become in the 1990s. Concentrating on Nuer perceptions, experiences, and evaluations of change, Hutchinson traces the historical conditions that have led contemporary men and women to reconsider fundamental aspects of their lives. She raises a number of important issues that Evans-Pritchard did not: How can we move beyond static structural models based on notions of cultural "boundedness," "homogeneity," and "order"? How have Nuer people been actively reshaping and reassessing local forms of power in light of dramatic economic shifts, religious proselytizing, civil war, and colonial and postcolonial rule? Hutchinson has produced a rich ethnographic document that offers a new rhetorical strategy for writing ethnographies that is processual, dialogical, and reflexive all at once.

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/31/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Nuer Language
Prologue
Orientations
Blood, Cattle, and Cash: The Commodification of Nuer Values
Guns, Warfare, and the State: New Contexts of Power, Violence, and Leadership
Cattle Over Blood: The Changing Symbolism of Gender, Marriage, and Filiation
"Incest Is Blood and the Cow": Struggles Over the Control of Reproduction
The Emergence of Bull-Boys: Political Leadership, Legitimacy, and Male Initiation
"Cattle Aren't Killed for Nothing": Christianity, Conversion, and the Enduring Importance of Prophets
Afterword
Appendix: Comparative Divorce Rates among the Nuer, 1936-83
Bibliography
Index
About the author
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