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Title:Social Structure and Ideology: Cognitive and Behavioral Responses to Servitude among the Machube of Northern Dahomey
Author:Baldus, Bernard
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Benin
social stratification
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper discusses the findings of an empirical study of cognitive and behavioral response to subordination in a contemporary servile society in the Borgou area of Northern Dahomey. The Borgou area is inhabited by three main groups: the Batomba, the Fulbe, and the machule, a servile group of predominantly Batomba origin. In the Borgou area a substantial part of the servile relationship between the machube and the Fulbe, remnant of an elaborate system of slavery, continues to exist and to function as a stable, and free of conflict, relation, on a voluntary basis. The research investigated the cognitive and behavioral causes for this stability and identified some of the processes involved in the integration of social systems with a high degree of social inequality. Sections: The research - The history of slavery in Borgou - The status of the machube today - Cognitive and behavioral responses to servitude: machube ideology - Conclusions: Ref., tables, French summary.