"In Somali political culture, clan solidarity is represented by the evocative symbols of blood and bone - immutable natural endowments inherent in kinship traced through the father in the male line. This book explores the extraordinary persistence and resilience of these age-old loyalties. Grounded in the traditional life of the pastoral nomad, kinship is a multipurpose resource, the basis of the individual's social, political, and economic security. Outside the local pastoral economy, it has proved equally adaptable in organizing labor migration and livestock trading in the Gulf states. It survived and even flourished under the anti-clan regime of "scientific socialism" of 1970s Somalia, and played a crucial role in the most successful recent Somali guerilla movement. Above all, it dominates the 1990s crisis of the Somali state.
This analysis, which challenges contemporary anthropological understanding of kinship structures, is based on over forty years' research on the Somali people."
|Peppercorn Book Number: 410-0007|
|Publisher: Red Sea Press|
|Place of Publication: Lawrenceville, NJ|
|Year of Publication: 1994|
|Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, portrait|
|Length: 256 pages|