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Riassunto: This is an anthropological study of boyhood in a group of related Igbo villages called Afikpo, in souteastern Nigeria. About half of the book is taken up with the description and analysis of adolescent initiation rites, providing a close and detailed view of rituals that for the most part have only been touched upon in literature.
The work makes use of psychoanalytic theory, with a logic that is grounded in data, blended with traditional cultural anthropological analysis. Ottenberg’s understanding of the dynamics of the symbols and their unstated meanings contributes to the study of ritual process in any society. The data on ritual initiation alo0ne make this a major contribution to African ethnography, and Ottenberg’s descriptive material on male secrecy and related gender distinctions provides a background fora more general understanding of West African secret societies.
His examination of all phases of childhood at Afikpo--not just initiation--reveals how one society comes to terms with the special needs of infancy, while answering the society’s need to produce a certain kind of adult.
Ottenberg rejects the common notion that an adolescent arrives at his initiation as a tabula rasa upon which society’s instructon is etched; he also rejects the equally common assumption that initiation marks a summing up or completion of socialization. Instead, Ottenberg analyzes initiation rites in the context of the boys’ earlier experiences, as part of an ongoing and unfinished process of socialization.
He traces the life and experiences of boys from birth through adolescent initiation to adulthood, with a focus on the ritual aspect, since rituals through their symbolic content reveal a society’s attitudes and values. The Afikpo initiation rites recall aspects of the rites of birth and other early childhood experiences, and Ottenberg shows how many of these rituals are designed to assist in the transition from one stage to the next.
The wealth of materials and close attention to detail in the analyses of boyhood rituals among the Afikpo reflect Ottenberg’s superb skills as a field investigator. The detail in which he presents his data contributes greatly to our understanding of Afikpo cosmological beliefs and social structure. The presentation provides important materials for evaluating the interrelationship between adult and boyhood secret societies, making it valuable to scholars of other areas. Boyhood Rituals in an African Society makes a significant contribution to both psychological anthropology and African studies, but it will also be of interest to other scholars concerned with the cross-cultural study of socialization and childhood.
Titolo: Boyhood Rituals in an African Society
Casa editrice: University of Washington Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1989
Condizione libro: New
Descrizione libro University of Washington Press, 1989. Condizione libro: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP12047212
Descrizione libro University of Washington Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Codice libro della libreria 2801624740
Descrizione libro 1989. Africa. University of Washington Press. 344p., fine cloth and dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria -1066408994
Descrizione libro University of Washington Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Like New. NICE CONDITION THICK HARDCOVER BOOK IN DUST JACKET. NO WRITING OR MARKINGS IN TEXT. NO WEAR TO COVER. ALMOST NO WEAR TO DUST JACKET. A CLEAN & SOLID BOOK, LIKE NEW. Codice libro della libreria W-075
Descrizione libro U. of Washington, Seattle, 1989. Condizione libro: Fine/Near Fine. 1st. 8vo. 344pp. Nice copy. Codice libro della libreria MAIN015099I
Descrizione libro Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.: Univ of Washington Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Hardcover in fine condition with fine dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 142637
Descrizione libro Univ of Washington Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0295965754
Descrizione libro University of Washington Press 1989, 1989. ISBN 0-295-96575-4. Hardback. Very Good to Near Fine condition book in a Very Good to Near Fine condition dustjacket. Tight, bright, attractive copy with no markings to the book. No statement of later printing on copyright page. Codice libro della libreria 131146
Descrizione libro University of Washington Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0295965754 NEW UNREAD COPY. U.S. orders are shipped from Lewiston, NY location. Codice libro della libreria 042736
Descrizione libro University of Washington Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0295965754