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Title:Preconditions and Limits in the Formation of Associations: The Self-Help and Cooperative Movement in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Hamer, John H.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:self-help associations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523914
Abstract:Purpose of this article is to examine some of the conditions necessary for establishment and the limits of usefulness of associations. After defining voluntary associations - this article is concerned with self-help and cooperative societies predominantly controlled by men - the author analyses the historical background of age sets, secret societies and fraternities as precursors of modern self-help and cooperative movements. The question as to whether breaking down cultural homogeneity based on kinship, creating cohesion through opposition to other groups, independent means of social control, and a leadership capable of linking diverse kinship segments are necessary attributes for establishment of self-help and cooperative societies in newly emerging states in Subsaharan Africa is examined in the rest of the paper. Notes, ref.