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Author Freeman, Dena
Title Initiating Change in Highland Ethiopia : Causes and Consequences of Cultural Transformation
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002
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Note Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Plates -- Figures -- Maps -- Acknowledgements -- Select glossary -- A NOTE ON TRANSCRIPTION OF GAMO TERMS -- GAMO TERMS -- AMHARIC TERMS -- 1 Introduction: theorising change -- Anthropological approaches to change -- The systemic mode of analysis -- The individualist mode of analysis -- Towards an integrated theory of cultural change -- The Gamo Highlands -- The structure of the book -- 2 The recent history of the Gamo Highlands -- The nineteenth century: slaves, warfare and internal flux -- The Imperial era, 1897-1973 -- Changing power relations -- Religious alternatives -- Transport, trade and weaving -- Revolution and the Derg government, 1974-91 -- The EPRDF government, 1991 onwards -- Doko, 1995-7 -- 3 Production and reproduction -- Communities -- Houses -- Agricultural production -- Kinship and marriage -- 4 The sacrificial system -- Spirits, seniority and the flow of fertility -- Fathers and sons -- The sacrificial system in the 1960s -- Segment heads -- Lineage heads and clan heads -- Sacrificers -- The sacrificial system in the 1990s -- Trends of change -- 5 The initiatory system -- Initiates in Doko -- Trends of change -- The form of the initiations -- Doko Gembela halak'a initiations -- Doko Masho halak'a initiations -- Devolution versus transformation -- 6 Experiencing change -- Changing production patterns -- Sacrifices and initiations in changing contexts -- Marxism and Protestantism in the 'new economy' -- Doko Gembela and Doko Masho initiations revisited -- The fragmentation of Doko -- To change or not to change? -- 7 Assemblies and incremental cultural change -- Strategy and individual change -- Consensus and communal change -- Resolving conflicts: peace, fertility and reconciliation -- Assemblies -- Neighbourhood and clan assemblies -- Community assemblies
Assemblies and cultural innovation -- 8 Transformation versus devolution: the organisational dynamics of change -- Cultural transformation:from warrior to wife -- Devolution in the Doko Gembela initiations -- Transformation of the initiations prior to the twentieth century -- Devolution in the sacrificial system -- Systemic organisation and cultural change -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
This 2002 book presents fascinating insights into cultural change and transformation in the little-known Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Freeman, Dena Initiating Change in Highland Ethiopia : Causes and Consequences of Cultural Transformation Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2002 9780521818544
Subject Gamo (African people)--Rites and ceremonies
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