Chiefs and Strangers: A Study of Political Assimilation Among the Mandari - J. C. (Jean Carlile) BuxtonOxford: Clarendon Press, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier age-toning to the spine. Previous owners' name to the head of the title page - Paul Spencer, from whose estate this was acquired.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Fold-out maps ; Folding Tables ; Appendix;
From the cover: “This book describes a cattle-keeping people of the Southern Sudan. Its main object is to analyse their political institutions and to show how many prevailing political problems derive from the conceptions Mandari have about their history and social statuses. The Mandari are a mixed people, landowning lines of ancient stock living next to newcomers from other tribes. There have been many kinds of political assimilation, the most interesting of which is that of client to patron. Even sharply defined statuses are not fixed irrevocably — the client’s descendants may eventually take over political power from patrons; then patronage ends. But aristocratic status can never be acquired, and real ‘land-ownership’ continues to give prestige when executive power has been lost.”