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Age Generations and Political Process in So1

  • Charles D. Laughlin and Elizabeth R. Laughlin


As with many other East African peoples, political authority and the control of wealth in So are linked inextricably with age as a determining factor. A close analysis of their age-grading structure is requisite to a complete understanding of the So way of life. Furthermore, because this structure is based upon a recently borrowed model of proper social stratification an examination of the system is instructive to scholars interested in acculturative interaction between societies.



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Dorjahn, Vernon R. 1960. ‘Changing Political System of the Temne’, Africa, xxx. 2, 110–40.
Dyson-Hudson, Neville. 1966. Karimojong Politics. London.
Laughlin, Charles D., Jr. 1972. Economics and Social Organization Among the So of Northeastern Uganda. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Oregon.
Laughlin, Charles D., Jr. 1974. ‘Maximization, Marriage and Residence Among the So’, American Ethnologist, i, 1, 129–41.
Laughlin, Charles D., Jr. and Laughlin, Elizabeth R.. 1972. ‘Kenisan: Economic and Social Ramifications of the Ghost Cult Among the So of Northeastern Uganda’, Africa, xlii. 1, 920.


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