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Initiating change in highland Ethiopia [electronic resource] : the causes and consequences of cultural transformation / Dena Freeman.

By: Freeman, Dena.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002Description: 1 online resource (x, 180 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 0511177844 (electronic bk.); 9780511177842 (electronic bk.); 0511042809 (electronic bk.); 9780511042805 (electronic bk.); 9780511489525 (electronic bk.); 0511489528 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Gamo (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies | Social change -- Case studies | Gamo (African people) -- Social conditions | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- General | Sozialer Wandel | Soziale Situation | Ritual | GamoGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Initiating change in highland Ethiopia.DDC classification: 303.4/0963 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : theorising change -- The recent history of the Gamo Highlands -- Production and reproduction -- The sacrificial system -- The Initiatory system -- Experiencing change -- Assemblies and incremental cultural change -- Transformation versus devolution : the organisational dynamics of change.
Review: "In a rural community in southern Ethiopia, there are two types of rituals performed by the same people. Historical evidence suggests that one has shown remarkable stability over the years, while the other has undergone massive transformations. External factors are the same, so how is this to be explained? Dena Freeman focuses on new ethnographical and historical data from the Gamo Highlands of southern Ethiopia to tackle the question of cultural change and transformation. She uses a comparative perspective and contrasts the continuity in sacrificial rituals with the rapid divergence and differentiation in initiations.Summary: Freeman argues that although external change drives internal cultural transformation, the way in which it does is greatly influenced by the structural organisation of the cultural systems themselves. This insight leads to a rethinking of the analytic tension between structure and agency that is at the heart of contemporary anthropological theory."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-178) and index.

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Introduction : theorising change -- The recent history of the Gamo Highlands -- Production and reproduction -- The sacrificial system -- The Initiatory system -- Experiencing change -- Assemblies and incremental cultural change -- Transformation versus devolution : the organisational dynamics of change.

"In a rural community in southern Ethiopia, there are two types of rituals performed by the same people. Historical evidence suggests that one has shown remarkable stability over the years, while the other has undergone massive transformations. External factors are the same, so how is this to be explained? Dena Freeman focuses on new ethnographical and historical data from the Gamo Highlands of southern Ethiopia to tackle the question of cultural change and transformation. She uses a comparative perspective and contrasts the continuity in sacrificial rituals with the rapid divergence and differentiation in initiations.

Freeman argues that although external change drives internal cultural transformation, the way in which it does is greatly influenced by the structural organisation of the cultural systems themselves. This insight leads to a rethinking of the analytic tension between structure and agency that is at the heart of contemporary anthropological theory."--BOOK JACKET.

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