The Cultural Regions of East Africa - John D. KesbyLondon, New York & San Francisco: Academic Press, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans a little. Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia throughout the text from the pencil of Paul Spenser (emeritus professor of African anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London) from whose estate this was purchased.
From the cover: “Much of the detailed literature on East African peoples has dealt with small areas or with individual ethnic groups. This study is a broader survey, treating East Africa as a whole and answering a series of general questions about its different groups — why did they become established where they did, where did they come from, and how do their cultural differences and similarities coincide or contrast with the physical and vegetational differences between the regions of East Africa?
The area covered by the book extends to Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda: its historical span is 1890 to the present day, with emphasis on the period up to 1950, before modern European influences had greatly changed the cultural patterns. Three themes run throughout: firstly, that physical resources, especially effective productivity, have a bearing on all other differences between ethnic groups; secondly, that it is possible to distinguish a limited number of ‘cultural regions’ in East Africa, into which the groups will fit; and thirdly, that each group’s cultural make-up is conditioned by its relations with its neighbours, whether hostile or friendly.
Into this overall picture of East Africa and its regions, Dr. Kesby has included a great deal of detailed information about social organization and interrelations, ritual and warfare. The book will not only be of importance to students of Africa, but will provide examples for social anthropologists, ethnologists, social historians and geographers worldwide.”