The Lunda-Ndembu Style, Change, and Social Transformation in South Central Africa
- List Price: $27.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
- Publish date: 07/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780299171544
- ISBN10: 029917154X
While framing the discussion around classic anthropological oppositions -- the individual versus the group, old versus young, females versus males, rich versus poor, us versus them, people versus the natural environment, the physical world vs. the metaphysical world -- James A. Pritchett also offers a work of historical imagination. It is at the shifting boundaries of these relationships, he argues, that change is actually confronted on a daily basis, spoken about, and negotiated into conformity with widespread and enduring traditions.
Juxtaposing Victor Turner's ethnographic data on the Ndembu from the 1950s with his own fieldwork in the 1980s and 1990s, Pritchett demonstrates that, by restudying areas already well known, it is possible to generate nuanced answers about social change that more accurately reflect local sensibilities.