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Title: The making of a patrilineal ideology : a study of continuity and change in social organisation among the Anaguta of Northern Nigeria
Author: Collett, Charles Alan
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1984
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The focal problematic of this thesis is the gradual transition, over the last 15 to 20 years,from a cognatic system of recruitment to kin-groups and devolution of resources) towards a strongly patrilineal ideology. During the same period there has been a concomitant change from the complex traditional system of contracting conjugal unions, which culminated in the direct exchange of sisters, to multilateral exchange of women through bridewealth payments. Whilst these two changes are related, they are not considered to be mutually determinant. In analysing these transitions a number of variables are identified. These include: demographic factors; missionization; Western education and the impact of 'objective' science; articulation with the encapsulating economic and political system; and a change from the use value of land, to escalating exchange value. These variables are analysed within a politico-symbolic paradigm. That is, the complex, multifaceted interaction between relations of power {political and economic factors),and the symbolic universe (ritual and kinship). This occurs both within the village, and in relationships between the rural, predominantly animist Anaguta, and those upwardly mobile Christians who live in the town. Change is seen, not as an institution-like phenomenon which can be separated out as an object of study, but as part of the same social process as the maintenance of continuity. It is shown how gradual mutations in the social processes for the reproduction of the symbolic universe - those processes which are an essential part of secondary socialization, have brought about 'the making of a patrilineal ideology'. In the penultimate chapter the contingent variables are also placed in a micro-historical perspective, to show how gradual shifts in symbolic universe maintenance have occurred over time: that is, the way in which the present has been historically produced. The thesis also gives a detailed ethnography of those aspects of Anaguta social organisation which are relevant to the focal problematic.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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