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Title:Lineage Structure, Marriage and the Family amongst the Central Bantu
Author:MacGaffey, WyattISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Central Africa
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181639
Abstract:Using the factors of family structure examined by A. Richards in 'Some types of family structure amongst the Central Bantu', in A.R. Radcliffe-Brown and D. Forde (eds), 'African systems of kinship and marriage', (London, 1950), this article suggests that a more productive concept for the historical study of Central Africa than either the unique tribe or a group of societies identified by their rule of descent may be the lineage mode of production. Analysis of the organization of political, economic and ritual functions among the BaKongo, BaSuku, BaPende and other Zairean peoples shows the complexity and flexibility of patrilateral and matrilateral relationships. It is suggested that the greater 'quantity' of social structure exhibited by coastal peoples, as well as their matrilineal development, may result from the prolonged effects of the great Congo trade, especially the trade in slaves. Notes.