MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY AMONG THE PLATEAU TONGA OF NORTHERN RHODESIA

By: COLSON, Elizabeth

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MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY AMONG THE PLATEAU TONGA OF NORTHERN RHODESIA by COLSON, Elizabeth
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Manchester University Press. Manchester, UK. 1967 [first published 1958]. pages xvi + 379 pages + bibliography + index + fold out chart; b/w photographs; hardcover with clipped dustjacket, protected; slight wear and minor discolouration/wear on hardcover and dustjacket, library stamp front e/paper o/wise very good condition;. The Tonga is one of the tribes of Northern Rhodesia which may have been saved by the establishment of British rule in Central Africa. Lacking strong governmental institutions, the Tonga had been severely raided by powerful African kingdoms to the south and west. They had, however, a most intricate political organisation and this affected rules governing marriage, for marriage was one of the most important links between separate groups within the tribe.In this book the author studies particularly marriage and family life among the Tonga. She discusses in detail the effect of the political values of marriage on the relations between the spouses, between them and their children, and between them all and the various kinship groups to which they belong. She describes and analyses the many customs, taboos and ceremonies which attach to domestic relations. She shows how the development of cash-crop farming and the employment of the men in European enterprises have affected marriage. Finally, she shows that marriage and family life are influenced by a traditional past, even while the Tonga are adapting themselves to to a developing economic situation.

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