The theory and ethnography of African social formations, The case of the interlacustrine kingdoms
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The theory and ethnography of African social formations

The case of the interlacustrine kingdoms

Coédition NENA/CODESRIA

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This brilliant contribution to African social science presents an original
theory of social formations with a new methodological approach. Professor
Mafeje critically reviews the works of orthodox anthropologists, questioning
the impact on African Studies of both development theory and classical
ethnography. Within a context of redefining forms of political organization,
he uses research on the East African Lacustrian Kingdoms to analyse the
articulation of the relationship between political and economic power. Arguing
that pastoralism and agriculture need not represent different modes of
production, but rather socially controlled options within the same mode, he
rejects articulation theory and the concept of feudalism. Finally he evaluates
the impact of colonial capitalism on different social formations. It is an
outstanding theoretical contribution that raises new perspectives on the
classic issues of exploitation, class and social change in African societies.
« A major breakthrough in the study of these state formations ». Professor
Peter Rigby Author of Persistent Pastoralists (Zed, 1985)
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