Special issue: Cultural variation and social change in southern Ethiopia : comparative approaches.

TitleSpecial issue: Cultural variation and social change in southern Ethiopia : comparative approaches.
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
Series EditorG.J. Abbink
Series titleNortheast African studies, ISSN 0740-9133 ; new series, vol. 7, no. 3
Pagination - 221
Date Published2000///
PublisherMichigan State University Press
Place PublishedEast Lansing, MI
Publication Languageeng
Keywords1999, African studies, Arbore, Boran, conference papers (form), education, Ethiopia, Ethnic groups, Gabbra, Gamo, Konso, language policy, Rendille, social change, Social networks, southern ethiopia
Abstract

The papers in this special issue, which is the result of a workshop in Oxford in 1999, analyse patterns of cultural variation in southern Ethiopia. They demonstrate that 'ethnic groups' or 'cultures' cannot be understood in isolation, but must be seen as part of a wider regional network. Following two introductory papers (by Jon G. Abbink and Dena Freeman respectively), there are contributions on cultural variation in the context of regional historical processes in southern Ethiopia (Donald L. Donham); initiations in Gamo, Sidamo and Borana (Dena Freeman); interethnic similarities across three ethnic boundaries, viz. Gabra-Rendille, Gabra-Konso and Gabra-Borana (John C. Wood); the 'genius loci' (spirit of place) of Hamar (Ivo Strecker); trade, bond friendship and group interdependence among the pastoralist Hor (Wolde Gossa Tadesse); clans, kingdoms and 'cultural diversity' among Omotic-speakers in southern Ethiopia (Date De'a); the attitudes of local populations in southern Ethiopia towards the introduction of local languages in the primary education system (Gideon P.E. Cohen). [ASC Leiden abstract]

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