Milk and Peace Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics

Hardcover | June 19, 2010

EditorMarkus V. Hoehne, Virginia Luling

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I. M. Lewis, anthropologist and historian, is widely considered to be the greatest researcher to chart the origins and development of Somalia. In this volume, established and emerging scholars review Lewis's work, along with the findings of others, and advance new, groundbreaking methods andunprecedented topics. Contributors tackle the impact of colonial powers, such as Britain and Italy; Somali poetic heritage and its relationship with politics; variations between northern/pastoral and southern/agropastoral populations within Somali culture; the significance of clanship, including its influence onlivestock trading networks; the origin and nature of Somali "total genealogy"; the political future of the country following the breakdown of the centralized state; and the role of the Somali diaspora. Chapters explain "spirit possession cults," the study of which Lewis helped to establish, and theintricacies of Somali language, names, and terms of kinship. A thorough introduction details the trajectory of Lewis's career and the extent of his legacy after five decades of scholarship.

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I. M. Lewis, anthropologist and historian, is widely considered to be the greatest researcher to chart the origins and development of Somalia. In this volume, established and emerging scholars review Lewis's work, along with the findings of others, and advance new, groundbreaking methods andunprecedented topics. Contributors tackle the...

Markus V. Hoehne is a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. His research focuses on identity and conflict in northern Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland) where he conducted 22 months of field research in 2002, 2003-2004, and 2008-2009. He is also part of a research project funded by t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 5.79 × 8.58 × 1.18 inPublished:June 19, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327130

ISBN - 13:9780199327133

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