The Family Herds: A Study of Two Pastoral Tribes in East Africa, the Jie and Turkana

The Family Herds: A Study of Two Pastoral Tribes in East Africa, the Jie and Turkana

The Family Herds: A Study of Two Pastoral Tribes in East Africa, the Jie and Turkana

The Family Herds: A Study of Two Pastoral Tribes in East Africa, the Jie and Turkana

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The research embodied in this work was made possible by a grant from Colonial Development and Welfare funds recommended by the Colonial Social Science Research Council. I was attached as a temporary Sociological Research Officer to the Governments of Kenya and Uganda whilst I was in the field, and this book is published with their permission. They are not, of course, responsible for the views expressed in it, which are my own. In its original form the work was accepted by the University of London as a thesis for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and this book is a modified version of that thesis.

Field research covered two tours amongst the Turkana in Kenya of eleven months (1948-49) and seven months (1950) respectively, and amongst the Jie of Uganda one tour of seven months (1950-51) with one or two additional brief visits. In 1951 I published A Preliminary Survey of the Turkana: a report compiled for the Government of Kenya (henceforward to be referred to as Survey of the Turkana), the title of which is self-explanatory. A detailed bibliography was given there up to 1951; since then I have published a number of papers which contain data supplementary to the theme of this book and which may be of interest to the specialist.

I wish to make two introductory points concerning the scope of this book which may prevent misunderstanding. To some readers it may perhaps seem that I have dealt at undue length with the physical environment and social ecology of these people. Like some readers of my earlier book, they may tend to neglect this part of my . . .

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