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Neither Palaces nor Prisons: The Constitution of Order among the Nuer

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dc.contributor.author Duany, Wal en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:05:06Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:05:06Z
dc.date.issued 1992 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-01-16 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-01-16 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3614
dc.description.abstract "This dissertation is an effort to explain the constitution of order among the Nuer as an acephalous society. Theoretical formulations best represented by Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy In America have demonstrated how principles of self-governance can be used to constitute societies that do not rely upon a single headship. In the process of unravelling the context in which regulatory ideas marshall activities and yield an orderly way of life among the Nuer, the dissertation first describes the environmental conditions that provide the setting and the structure of opportunities in which the Nuer sustain themselves. Second, the study explores the Nuer conceptualization of their universe, where the conception of God {kuoth) as the source of creation is fundamental to the understanding of the institutional arrangements among the Nuer. On the basis of the belief in God and the concept of law, the Nuer develop their system of order which recognizes multiple agents with limited jurisdiction that can be called upon to resolve conflicts and take leadership when the need arises. Political processes involve diverse intermediaries whose task is to resolve conflicts or breaches of covenant where someone has offended against what is presumed to be right. "Separate chapters are concerned with the constitution of family and kin relationships, village life, cattle camps, the organization of defense and security, processes of conflict and conflict resolution, and the challenges posed by British imperialism and the constitutional commitments of the Government of Sudan to Islam and the Arabs' way of life. These challenges pose difficulties for a people who rely upon a covenantal way of life. How these may be resolved eventually turns upon whether autocephalous societies or acephalous societies are at greater risk." en_US
dc.subject Nuer (African people) en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject village organization en_US
dc.subject self-governance en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Neither Palaces nor Prisons: The Constitution of Order among the Nuer en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Indiana University, the Department of Political Science and School of Public and Environmental Affairs en_US
dc.type.thesistype Ph.D. Dissertation en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Sudan en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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