Cattle and Kinship Among the Gogo: A Semi-pastoral Society of Central Tanzania - Peter RigbyIthaca & London: Cornell University Press, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several closed tears to the top edges. 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; Diagrams; Tables; Frontispiece; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The unique kinship system of the Gogo, a Bantu-speaking people of central Tanzania, is fully explored for the first time in this excellent study. Professor Rigby shows how the life and social structure of the tribe are strongly influenced by the harsh, economically marginal environment. While the Gogo attempt to subsist on sorghum and millet cultivation, they invest their gains in cattle. Besides providing economic insurance, their cattle symbolize a complex network of personal relationships that, in terms of cooperation and interdependence, are actually more important than descent relationships.
The author points out the significance of these neighbourhood ties in a society that traditionally has no centralized political structure and whose existence demands a high degree of mobility. He concludes by comparing the Gogo kinship relationships with other more general kinship categories. Cattle and Kinship among the Gogo is an outstanding contribution to African ethnography. The richness of indigenous terminology, case histories, and demographic detail make it invaluable for Africanists as well as for social anthropologists.”