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by Max Gluckman
(Professor of Social Anthropology in the Victoria University of Manchester)

This reprint 1970
Basil Blackwell, Oxford

173 pages

(Herman) Max Gluckman (1911-1975) was a South African and British social anthropologist

h/c with d/j - approx 19cm x 12.5cm - ex. Library book so has usual sellotape marks/stamps etc.
book priced accordingly


from d/j:

These six broadcast lectures deal with a frequent theme in modern anthropological analysis of African societies, the way in which quarrels are handled and redressed so that an established pattern of social organization and morality is maintained. The central argument is that custom, morals, ritual and belief give men a series of conflicting allegiances, which offset one another. Those who are enemies in one set of relationships, are made allies by other customs. Thus varied allegiances strike into the loyalty of separate groups and relationships. The result is that each quarrel arising from the divergent interests or the short-comings of men lead to wide disturbances of social life, and other influences are brought to bear to reach settlement. Hence, it is suggested, the cohesion of society resides in the conflicting allegiances which its customs impose on its members. In Africa, these processes are exhibited in feuding rebellions against kings, witchcraft accusations, and ritual excesses; and they are also at work in the development of the new societies of Colonial Africa.


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