Methodology: lots of details, glossing over of concepts, then generalization to fit his structuralist framework
Attempts to be a neutral participant-oMethodology: lots of details, glossing over of concepts, then generalization to fit his structuralist framework
Attempts to be a neutral participant-observer, but come on! “No high barriers of culture divide men from beasts in their common home, but the stark nakedness of Nuer amid their cattle and the intimacy of their contact with them present a classic picture of savagery” (40).
While his analysis is rooted in a structuralist paradigm, he does address conflict...
He writes about feuds and you can read the observations about "power" and the distribution of resources. Essentially, there's this magical mechanism that deals with conflict and violence – fusion and fission – within the systemic system that allows it to restore equilibrium all the time.
uhhhh I had many problems with this text, but that's probably because I'm not a fan of structural functionalism and I don't like old white men calling the "natives" they observe "savages." How uncouth. Regardless, he makes many good observations and it's an ethnography worth reading...sorta...I mean, read it and decide for yourself....more