Black American intellectualism and culture : a social study by James L Conyers

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This was due, in part, to the historical connection via Gluckman’s years in Oxford (Evans-Pritchard mentions him in the preface to The Nuer as an important sparring partner while the book was being drafted), and to the influence Evans-Pritchard had on British anthropology in general. The shorter text by Evans-Pritchard Some Aspects of Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer (1945), a pre-study for a later book with almost the same title Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer (1951), was published in the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute series.

E. invitations to the exercise of agency, inserted (through a process of negotiation that often involves open conflict) into the social process through the personal and (micro) historical effects of the actors’ volitional acts, in combination with contingent accidental factors. The social process is whatever results over time from the accumulating effects of actors’ individual decisions and contingencies. And even the adequate description of such an inevitably highly complex and highly unpredictable social process is not enough for a convincing analysis of a local society.

In the next three chapters entitled ‘The Political System’, ‘The Lineage System’ and ‘The Age-set System’, the author sketches the wider political structure that makes the linkages between the local groups possible, Here Evans-Pritchard is wholly within the line of Radcliffe-Brown, and the book’s introduction stresses the extent of Evans-Pritchard’s indebtedness to him. In The Nuer, Evans-Pritchard deliberately refrains from describing in any detail the internal structure of the local groups; that is a task he had reserved for his later book Kinship and Marriage among the Nuer (Evans-Pritchard 1951), and for a whole series of other, shorter publications (cf.

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