An African Aristocracy: Rank Among the Swazi

1st Edition

Hilda Kuper

Published August 22, 2018
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9781138585508 - CAT# K377098
Series: African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century


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Originally published in 1947 and reprinted with a new preface in 1961, this book is based on field studies and gives an account of the social organization of the Swazi, wiith special reference to the aristocratic structure of their society and the way in which birth and rank determine social relationships and activities. The book provides a historical picture of the Swazi and the part played by them during the period of European expansion in British and Boer conflicts in South Africa. The economic structure of a society based on agriculture and the influence exerted over every aspect of social activity by the conservative and aristocratic political hierarchy is analyzed and post-War changes and their effect upon the Swazi also reviewed.

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