Age systems are involved in the competition for power. They are part of an institutional complex that makes societies fit to wage war. This book argues that in postcolonial North East Africa, with its recent history of national political conflict and civil and regional wars, the time has come to reemphasize the military and political relevance of age systems. Herein is new information about age systems in North East Africa, setting them firmly in a wider spatial and temporal context. Topics examined are regional age systems, the decline of some systems and the persistence of others, the way women are included or excluded, and the politicization and militarization of age systems in national political conflicts and civil wars.
Book News Annotation:
Taking age systems as referring to all systems of age-grades, age- sets, and generation-sets as distinct from kinship systems, argues that in post-colonial North East Africa, they are part of an institutional complex that makes societies fit to wage war. Presents new information about age systems in the region and sets them in a wider spatial and temporal context than studies of single society at a single point in time have done. The 11 papers are from a November- December 1995 conference in Osaka, Japan. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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