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Title:The Structure and Significance of Kuranko Clanship
Author:Jackson, Michael D.
Year:1974
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:44
Issue:4
Period:October
Pages:397-415
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sierra Leone
Guinea
Subjects:kinship
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159059
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1974-044-00-000038
Abstract:The purpose of this paper is twofold. By presenting a study of clanship among the Kuranko (Sierra Leone and Guinea) the author intends a contribution to the knowledge of the Mande. By analysing Kuranko clans and clan symbols as systems of relations rather than as systems of discrete elements, the author hopes to resolve some of the confusions of interpretation which arise when social phenomena are examined and explained in piecemeal fashion. The conclusion of this study of the political and social organisation of the Kuranko is that the clanship system must be understood as a cognitive system. Ref., notes, tables, résumé.
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