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Title:Family Dynamics among the Kuria: Agro-Pastoralists in Northern Tanzania
Author:Tobisson, EvaISNI
Year:1986
Issue:9
Pages:233
Language:English
Series:Gothenburg studies in social anthropology (ISSN 0348-4076)
City of publisher:Göteborg, Sweden
Publisher:Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis
ISBN:9173461784
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:social change
Kuria
family
women
dissertations (form)
Cultural Roles
Family Life
agriculture
Sex Roles
Abstract:This study, which is based on fieldwork carried out in 1977-1978, focuses on the patrilineal and agro-pastoral Kuria people living in Tarime District, Mara Region, Tanzania. A principal anthropological problem dealt with is the intersection at critical points between the customary features and internal dynamics of Kuria society, and the government policies affecting the Kuria and their economy. The pivotal position of Kuria women as intermediaries between the main sectors of the family economy - agriculture and animal husbandry - is held to be significant for the direction and intensity of change that has occurred. Attention is given to changes in crop patterns, labour requirements, levels of subsistence security and to the differential impact of government interventions on Kuria women and men. An argument put forward is that the inherent flexibility in the family developmental process has provided organizational and ideological answers to the potentialities and constraints accompanying the integration of Kuria families into the realities of colonial and independent Tanzania. A conclusion drawn is that economic development in Kurialand has taken place thanks to the circumstance that indigenous forms of work, relationships between family members and authority, have been retained and relied on in situations of change.
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