The Konso of Ethiopia: A Study of the Values of a Cushitic People - C. R. (Christopher Robert) HallpikeOxford: Clarendon Press, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded. Previous owners' name to the head of the title page - Paul Spencer, from whose estate this was acquired. Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia throughout the text.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Glossary;
From the cover: “The principal aim of this book is to show how we can make sense of a society by treating it as a rule system, as a kind of game, and to this end Konso values are given particular emphasis, as are the cosmological principles of God, Earth, and the Wild. In the course of the analysis, however, the concepts of structure and function are discarded as both too metaphysical and too mechanistic. The book is also notable for containing the fullest description so far of a generation-grading system, and for being the first in British social anthropology to use a computer to stimulate the working of a social institution.”