Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer

Paperback | May 1, 1990

byEdward E. Evans-PritchardIntroduction byWendy James

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Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard's writings on the Nuer of southern Sudan have made them one of the most famous peoples in ethnographic literature. When his writings were first published a half a century ago, they created a new agenda for social anthropology. Kinship and Marriage Among the Nuer is the second of his trilogy on the society and culture of this pastoral people. In it, the author vividly portrays the experience of growing up in a Nuer community, describing daily life, marriage, sex, death, and birth. He also makes clear the essentialdifference between the discourse of political association, which he examined in The Nuer, and that of kinship, and shows the part played by the kinship system in Nuer society as a whole. Now published for the first time in paperback, this edition has a substantial introduction by Wendy James, in which she assesses the importance of Evans-Pritchard's work and places it in the context of recent developments in social anthropology. 'A most important and stimulating contribution to social anthropology.' Man 'A masterpiece of scientific interpretation.' Nature 'This book is to be warmly recommended to all who are interested in the role of kinship in social integration.' Listener

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Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer is the second of his trilogy on the society and culture of this pastoral people. In it, the author vividly portrays the experience of growing up in a Nuer community, describing daily life, marriage, sex, death, and birth. He also makes clear the difference between the discourse of kinship and marriag...

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Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard's writings on the Nuer of southern Sudan have made them one of the most famous peoples in ethnographic literature. When his writings were first published a half a century ago, they created a new agenda for social anthropology. Kinship and Marriage Among the Nuer is the second of his trilogy on the society a...

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Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer is the second of his trilogy on the society and culture of this pastoral people. In it, the author vividly portrays the experience of growing up in a Nuer community, describing daily life, marriage, sex, death, and birth. He also makes clear the difference between the discourse of kinship and marriag...

The late Edward E. Evans-Pritchard was Professor of Social Anthropology at University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198278470

ISBN - 13:9780198278474

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Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer is the second of his trilogy on the society and culture of this pastoral people. In it, the author vividly portrays the experience of growing up in a Nuer community, describing daily life, marriage, sex, death, and birth. He also makes clear the difference between the discourse of kinship and marriage connection, in which women play a central part, and the discourse of lineage structure and political association based on patriliny which he examined in The Nuer.

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`A most important and stimulating contribution to social anthropology.' Man `A masterpiece of scientific interpretation.'Nature `This book is to be warmly recommended to all who are interested in the role of kinship in social integration.'Listener