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Social Facts and Fabrications: "Customary" Law on Kilimanjaro, 1880-1980 (Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures)

Social Facts and Fabrications:
Author: Sally Falk Moore
ISBN 13: 9780521312011
ISBN 10: 521312019
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1986-06-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $52.00

In this book, Sally Falk Moore examines a hundred years in the history of an African people, the Chagga of Kilimanjaro, in order to understand how their present system of 'customary' laws came to be the way it is, and how the idea of custom is used today in the very midst of Tanzania's experiment with African socialism. She discusses the changes that have occurred in the formal legal system, alongside the vast economic and political transformations that came with cash cropping and colonial rule. She also presents a 'legal' chronicle of the members of one lineage to illustrate its use of the formal legal system.