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Title:Time and Structure in Gogo Kinship
Author:Rigby, Peter
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Tanzania
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The external domain in Gogo society is composed of two aspects: 1. an ideology of kinship based upon clans, sub-clan names, and patrilineal descent, and 2. the system of clearly bounded ritual areas and vaguely defined, fluid local communities. This leads to an examination of the patter of residence, the network of kinship, and co-operation in local communities, and of the influence upon this pattern of a patrilineal descent system which produces dispersed, broad descent groups. The emphasis in the analysis of the Gogo kinship system lies upon the operation of 'kinship network' in terms of locality and residential mobility. The author attempts to show in outline that the Gogo kinship system, in the politico-jural domain, cannot be described formally as a set of patrilineal descent groups which provide the basis for corporate political action and local organization. He stresses the structural importance of affinal relationships in the Gogo kinship system, as against those of descent. Bibliography.