When Is Genealogy History? Wolof Genealogies in Comparative Perspective

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Judith T. Irvine, “When Is Genealogy History? Wolof Genealogies in Comparative Perspective,” Portail documentaire EnJeu[x], consulté le 24 juin 2019, https://collections.enfance-jeunesse.fr/items/show/1640.

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TitreWhen Is Genealogy History? Wolof Genealogies in Comparative Perspective
CréateurJudith T. Irvine
Date1978
DroitsCopyright © 1978 American Anthropological Association
Langueen
TypeJournal Article
AuthorJudith T. Irvine
Type de contenuJournal Article
ISSN0094-0496
Abstract NoteThe Wolof of Senegal construct genealogies that represent a closer approximation to a historical past than do the genealogies of certain other peoples, notably the Nuer, the Luo, and the Tiv - the classic ethnographic examples of genealogy as projection of present-day political relationships onto the past. This paper examines the construction and use of Wolof genealogies in the light of these other ethnographic cases, in order to identify social conditions that tend to preserve historical accuracy in an oral tradition. Those conditions concern the relation of the genealogist to his subject matter, the nature of the political climate in which he operates, and the forms of discourse at his disposal. It is suggested that the essential property of Wolof social organization bringing these conditions about is not so much the existence of a centralized state as the caste framework in which the state is embedded.
Access Date2015-06-17 12:45:11
Date1978
Issue4
Journal AbbreviationAmerican Ethnologist
Langueen
Library CatalogJSTOR
Pages651-674
Publication TitleAmerican Ethnologist
DroitsCopyright © 1978 American Anthropological Association
Short TitleWhen Is Genealogy History?
TitreWhen Is Genealogy History? Wolof Genealogies in Comparative Perspective
URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/643643
Volume5
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