A Manual of Nuer Law: Being an Account of Customary Law, its Evolution and Development in the Courts Established by the Sudan Government

1st Edition

P. P. Howell

Routledge
May 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9781138584716 - CAT# K377016
Series: African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

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Summary

Originally published in 1954 this book was originally designed for administrators but has become a key title for anthropologists. It includes a summary account of the history and social organisation of the Nuer and provides a descriptive analysis of their customary practices concerning homicide, blood-feuds, marriage and divorce and the settlement of disputes by arbitration and the award of compensation. It shows how in the first half of the twentieth century, as a result of administrative action and in particular the establishment of 'Chiefs' Courts' a system of law developed, which although based on customary procedures, introduced many concepts which were quite unknown to the Nuer in the past.

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