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Title:The diffusion of age-group organization in East Africa: a reconsideration
Author:Wolf, J.J. deISNI
Year:1980
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:50
Issue:3
Pages:305-310
Language:English
Geographic terms:Uganda
Kenya
Subject:generations
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159121
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1980-050-00-000021
Abstract:In 1962 LeVine and Sangree formulated the hypothesis that a Bantu group which did not have a clear advantage in terms of size, defensive capacity; or strong allies lacking age-groups, would tend to imitate the successful far Nilo-Hamitic military organization and initiate their social structure. They examined the Tiriki, who adopted the age-set sytem of the Kalenjin-speaking Terik, and the Gusii, who are also Bantu and who also close contact with the Kalenjin-speaking Kipsigis, but who did not borrow their age-group organisation. The present author examines the comparison between Tiriki and Gusii in the light of the historical research of Ochieng' (1974) among the Gusii. Subsequently he evaluates the supposed connection between age-set systems and military functions and success in warfare, and then goes on to suggest an alternative explanation to the adoption of Kalenjin age-set systems by Bantu tribes. Map, notes, ref., sum. in French.
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