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Collection « Les sciences sociales contemporaines »

The Abutia Ewe of West Africa. A Chiefdom That Never Was (1983)
Index


Une édition électronique réalisée à partir du livre de M. Michel Verdon, The Abutia Ewe of West Africa. A Chiefdom That Never Was. Berlin – New York – Amsterdam : Mouton Publishers, 1983, 316 pp. Collection: Studies in the Social Sciences. Anthropology, no. 38. Une édition numérique réalisée par Marcelle Bergeron, bénévole, professeure à la retraite de l'École polyvalente Dominique-Racine de Chicoutimi, Ville de Saguenay. [Autorisation de l'auteur accordée le 15 septembre 2007.]

Index

Abutia

location
population density
abundance of land
immigrant villages
history
north-south opposition
source of unity
fiagã in Teti
aggregation in modern judiciary organization
source of unity as village league

agbanu (see also lineage organization)

composition
genealogical boundary
sizes
aggregated group in judiciary activities
no intermediate level of aggregation
fixed number per clan
as land-owning corporation
lack of proliferation
Type I
Type II
Type III
mode of aggregation
distribution of types per clan
as owners of village sites
secular nature
literal meaning

agbanumetsitsi

criteria of eligibility
powers
secular accession

Aggregation

definition of
distinct from alliance

Agove

location
population

Akpokli

ownership of stool
unusual size

Alliances

ametsitsi : see elder.

Anlo

location
contrast with Ewe-dome
aggregation above village level
agressive polity
village reproduction
lineage organization
residential composition
matrimonial practices

asafo : see Military organization.

Atando

 

Burials symbolic division of the body

 

Church E. P.

Classical descent theory

conceptual basis
as explanatory model
failures
Hobbesian assumptions

Council of Elders

 

Descent

Rivers' definition
meaning in 'classical descent theory'
transactionalist definition of
ontological variability of
operational definition of

Divorce

ease of
reasons for
high frequency
and village out-marriage
risks
and size of descent groups
and origin of spouses
and lineage in-marriage
risks over time
precolonial frequency
causes of high rates

du : see Village.

dufia

disputed
relationship to citizenry

dzo

Elders

and fia

Etsri

foreign origin
marginal position in
connubium

Eweland

total area
population
linguistic homogeneity
social heterogeneity

 

fhome : See Minimal lineage.

fhomemetsitsi

criteria of eligibility
length of tenure
secular nature

fia

link to stool
rotation
selection
reluctance to accept
position
forcible enstoolment
possible destoolment
priest
relation to fia-to
repository of the stool's
spirit
bi-dimensional aspect at
village level
interpretation by colonial
administration
prohibitions

fiagã

from Teti
justification of preeminence

 

Genealogical knowledge

distortions
transmission

Groups

Rivers' definition
Radcliffe-Brown's definition
segmentary definition
corporatist model

gu

 

Hamlets

Houses

architecture
house-building
devolution of
occupation of bedrooms
secular nature of

 

In-marriage

within village
within clans
within lineages
percentages by clan
between clans
and prostitution
variation over years
and genealogical amnesia
recent evolution
conditions favouring
link to aggregation

 

Kinship

Rivers's definition
operationalist definition
terminology

Kloe

location
population
census

 

Labour migrations

Land

sales
ownership by agbanu
individualization of ownership

legba

Legend of origin

Literacy : see Schooling.

Lineage organization

no intermediate lineage
descent alone aggregates
and ancestor worship
and low polygyny rates
and divorce
and descent group in-marriage

 

mankrado

Manslaughter

Marriage

former rites
link to legitimacy of children
disappearance of traditional ceremony
and control over sexuality
and labour migrations
problem of definition
operational definition
not criterion of membership of many groups
prohibitions
preferences
size of exchanging units and marriage payments
age differences between spouses
marriage ceremony

Marriage payments

and divorce
their explanation

Military organization

mode of recruitment
leadership
warfare

Minimal lineage

as minimal judiciary group
criteria of membership
cognatic aspect
ideal reproduction of
realistic reproduction of
genealogical boundary
small size
number in Kloe
secular nature
polysemy
literal meaning

 

Naming

lack of patronyms
teknonymy

nuvo

ny õ nu-fia

 

Operationalism

preconditions
not explanatory model

Politics

definition

Political Sovereignty

conventional definition
limits of conventional approach
operational definition

Polygyny

no ranking of co-wives
no sororal
incidence
intensity
current rates
overall low rates
age of polygynists
duration
life-cycle of polygynists
as reproductive strategy
distribution by lineage
and lineage size
and lineage reproduction
and fertility

Prostitution

and clan size
and wealth
and female headship
and in-marriage

 

Ranking

and village sovereignty

Remarriage

Residence : see Residential groups

Residential groups

assumptions underlying their classification
classification of
composition of male-headed groups
and marital stability
and demographic/physical factors
male coresidence
distribution of various types by clan
female headship
non-nucleated groups
individual incorporation
and change in building material
and labour migrations
impression of matrifocality
abscence of developmental cycle
limit of growth
neolocal trend
and descent

 

sãme

aggregated group in judiciary activities
names
representatives
as religious corporations
clans with stools
number of clans
clan sizes
lack of proliferation
localization
literal meaning
prohibitions
paraphernalia

sãmefia

sãmemetsitsi

Schooling

Segementary lineage systems

intrinsic contradiction
various meanings of segmentation

srõnyi

Stools

clan ownership of
location
link to titled offices
as trõ
external origin
recent borrowing
special spiritual nature
their rituals
priest and ritual attorney

Stool-father

 

Teti

location
population

Tonu

location

division in wards

t o viwo

trõwo

division in celestial and chthonic
chthonic ones
celestial ones
priestess as voice of

trõyiawo

tsiame

tsofo

 

Villages

aggregated in judiciary activities
names
territorial groups

Village Development

Committee

Village sovereignty

implications for membership of
political groups
and witchcraft and manslaughter
and citizenship
and residential mobility
and link to dufia
and lack of centralization
and political statics
and village reproduction
and mitotic fission
and village sizes
and clan localization
and the nature of hamlets
and lineage reproduction
incompatible with ranking and clientelism

 

Widow-inheritance

Witchcraft

Worship

priestesses
ritual attorneys

 

xonu : See Houses.

yiãwo

zikpi-to : see Stool-father.



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