An African Aristocracy : Rank Among the Swazi

By: KUPER, Hilda

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KUPER, Hilda. An African Aristocracy : Rank Among the Swazi. London: published for the International African Institute by the Oxford University Press,(1965). Second printing of the second edition. Pp. (4),v-xii,1-251,(1), fo lding map at rear. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "The author gives an account of the social organization of the Swazi, with special reference to the aristocratic structure of their society and the way in whichbirth and rank determine social relationships and activities. The book ope ns with a short historical sketch of the Swazi and the part played by them during the period of European expansion in British an Boer cocnflicts in South Africa. There is a desccription of the economic structure of the peasant society based on agriculture, and of the influence exerted over every aspect of social activity by the conservative and aristocratic political hierarchy. The author gives a detailed account of the ritual activites centring on the person of the King, and the organization of the regiments or age-classes which are characteristic of Swazi society and include both men and women. The concluding chapter analyses the pattern of social life formed by the interaction of the fundamental concepts of rank, status, and kinship." - from the dust jacket. Stamps from "Department of History, University of Malawi" to fore-edge and front pastedown (though no other ex-library indicators), light wear to bottom edge, else very good in spine-nicked and lightly damp-specked, unclipped dust jacket. 20.00

Title: An African Aristocracy : Rank Among the Swazi

Author Name: KUPER, Hilda

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, International African Institute, London, 1965,:

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