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Milk and Peace, Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics

Milk and Peace, Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics (Paperback)

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This volume offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Somalia and Somaliland, one that transcends the usual boundaries and presents readers with a timely, incisive and compelling introduction to Somali culture, history and politics. Topics covered include: history, including the impact of the two colonial powers (Britain and Italy); the Somali poetic heritage and its relation to politics; the variations within Somali culture between northern/pastoral and southern/agro-pastoral populations; the question of the significance of clanship, including its relation to livestock trading networks, and the Somali 'total genealogy' and its origin; the political future since the breakdown of the centralised state; and, the role of the Somali Diaspora. There are chapters on the 'spirit possession cults', and on the Somali language, names and kinship terms. An introduction describes I.M. Lewis' career and discusses the legacy of over fifty years of his scholarship, assessing its impact on Somali society's view of itself and that of the wider academic and policy communities.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropology Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 01/06/2010 ISBN-13: 9781849040457  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Markus V. Hoehne is a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. His research focuses on identity and conflict in northern Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland) where he conducted 22 months of field research in 2002, 2003-2004, and 2008-2009. He is also part of a research project funded by the European Union on 'Diasporas for Peace' (DIASPEACE). His publications include a book entitled 'Somalia zwischen Krieg und Frieden. Strategien der friedlichen Konfliktaustragung auf internationaler und lokaler Ebene' (Hamburg, 2002), a co-edited volume on 'Borders in the Horn of Africa' (forthcoming with James Currey, 2010), and several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Virginia Luling studied at Oxford and London and took her PhD in Social Anthropology in 1972. Her field research was done in Afgooye, Somalia. Her publications include Somali Sultanate; the Geledi City State over 150 years (2002) and articles including 'Some Possession Cults in Southern Somalia' (1991), 'The Law then was not this Law' (1996); 'Past and Present in Improvised Verse at a South Somali Festival' (1996), 'Come Back Somalia? Questioning a Collapsed State' (1997), and 'Genealogy as Theory, Genealogy as Tool: Aspects of Somali Clanship' (2006). From 1983 to 2004 she worked for the human rights organization Survival International. She is Secretary of the Anglo-Somali Society and is working on a history of the Begedi clan.

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