'Kwanim Pa: The Making of the Uduk People: An Ethnographic Study of Survival in the Sudan-Ethiopian Borderlands - Wendy JamesOxford: Clarendon Press, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine. Previous owners' name to the head of the title page. Scattered 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: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Colour frontispiece; Appendices ;
From the cover: “One of the striking features of this book is the way in which it explores the link between past and present in the society it describes. An elaborate ritual among the Uduk people concerns the saving of ‘foundling’ children. There are explicit connections between the historical record of a violent past and many features of Uduk communities today. There are also inner connections between the collective memory of past experience and the way in which they represent themselves, the‘kzvanim pa, as the ‘people of the homeland’ who have survived the repeated destruction of their former world, and are now putting together a new one. This is the key, the author argues, to understanding the economic, political, and kinship institutions and behaviour of the Uduk today.”