Fields of Change Among the Iteso of Kenya - Ivan KarpLondon: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine with a nick to the head of the same. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Extensive pencil underlining and marginalia throughout the text, from the working library of Paul Spencer, one of the leading British social anthropologists of his generation, from whose estate this was acquired.
Contains: Charts; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;
From the cover: “Based on field research in Busia District, Western Province, Kenya, this is the first published account by a social anthropologist of the Iteso, an important East African people. It is a study of the means by which the Iteso adapted to the imposition of colonial rule and the loss of political independence. It explores their pacification and incorporation into a colonial state and the effects that these processes have had on Iteso territorial and political systems. At the same time it examines the ways in which the political system both affected and was affected by other aspects of the Iteso social system, most notably in the fields of religion, descent and domestic kinship.
The study illustrates the heuristic value of the concepts of ‘social field’ and ‘domain’ and argues that an adequate analysis of social change among any people must take account of changes both within one aspect of a social system and with other aspects of the social system. In addition it shows that the factors affecting social change can be discovered only through historical analysis and that, conversely, the effects of historical influences may be discovered only through an analysis of social structure. By presenting a model of Iteso society firmly set in historical context, Fields of Change bridges the gap between anthropology and history.”