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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Political Transformation of Northern Busoga, 1600-1900
Author:Cohen, David W.
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:ethnic relations
traditional polities
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1982.3389
Abstract:The emergence of a number of States or polities in the zone between the Nile and the Mpologoma was a development of some importance in the region over three or four centuries. Most of these polities developed around the dominant positions of Luo- speaking and once Luo-speaking groups who began to establish themselves among the Bantu-speaking communities of the Busoga region around the 16th century. what is generally understood and accepted on this subject is summarized here in a series of five statements, which bring the issues of formative process in the lakes plateau region into brighter light: It was a region of cultural differentiation and of cultural contact along a broad front, and moreover a region in which neither Luo speakers nor non-Luo had a premium on political or formative ideas, in- stitutions, experience, or success. The five statements bring attention to the significance of the nature of relations between the stranger Luo groups and their non-Luo 'hosts'. The detail from Busoga brings forward some more recent, and more accessible, examples of the formative process of lakes plateau States and suggests the long and complex means through which general and enduring routines of authority were constructed. Bibliogr., maps, notes.