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Title:
Oromo democracy : an indigenous African political system
Author:
Legesse, Asmarom.
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Publication Information:
Lawrenceville, NJ : Red Sea Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xxviii, 282 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Oromo democracy in an African context -- Oromo warfare : point and counterpoint -- The Oromo polity : key institutions -- Oromo dual organization and the Qallu Institution -- Principles of Oromo democracy : explorations in African constitutional thought -- Analysis : strengths and weaknesses -- Gada Chronology.
ISBN:
9781569021385

9781569021392
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Legesse (emeritus, anthropology, Boston U.), promoting ethno-historic research based on the African viewpoint as a critique to overly western-centric research, uses archival research to supplement his field research and gathered oral history among the Oromo people of Ethiopia and Kenya as the basis for this analysis of their system of democracy, its clearly defined divisions of labor, the checks and balances which exist between the different institutions, and how the system has developed over the years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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A major study of the political system of the Oromo of Ethiopia which reveals the many creative solutions that this African society has developed in establishing a democratic government.


Author Notes

Asmarom Legesse is an African anthropologist, Ph.D. Harvard, emeritus professor, formerly of Boston and Northwestern Universities and Swarthmore College. He has conducted many years of field research among the Oromo of Ethiopia and Kenya


Asmarom Legesse is an African anthropologist, Ph.D. Harvard, emeritus professor, formerly of Boston and Northwestern Universities and Swarthmore College. He has conducted many years of field research among the Oromo of Ethiopia and Kenya


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 Oromo Democracy in an African Contextp. 1
Chapter 2 Oromo Warfare: Point and Counterpointp. 41
Chapter 3 The Oromo Polity: Key Institutionsp. 93
Chapter 4 Oromo Dual Organization and the Qallu Institutionp. 133
Chapter 5 Principles of Oromo Democracy: Explorations in Constitutional Thoughtp. 195
Chapter 6 Analysis: Strengths and Weaknessesp. 245
Appendix Gada Chronologyp. 263
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 273
List of Figures, Tables and Maps
Fig 1.1 Map of Oromop. xxviii
Fig 3.1 Structure of Oromo Polityp. 108
Fig 3.2 Gada Cyclep. 122
Table 4.1 The idiom of Gada chronologyp. 155
Table 4.2 Bahrey's Chronologyp. 157
Table 4.3 Concordance of 16th Century Oromo Moietie and today's Borana moietiesp. 165
Fig 4.1 Replication and Rebuilding of Moitiesp. 176
Fig 4.2 Oromo Cradlelandsp. 180
Fig 5.1 Representation of Oromo Cross-cutting Organizationsp. 197
Table 5.1 Alliance of alternate groupsp. 233
Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 Oromo Democracy in an African Contextp. 1
Chapter 2 Oromo Warfare: Point and Counterpointp. 41
Chapter 3 The Oromo Polity: Key Institutionsp. 93
Chapter 4 Oromo Dual Organization and the Qallu Institutionp. 133
Chapter 5 Principles of Oromo Democracy: Explorations in Constitutional Thoughtp. 195
Chapter 6 Analysis: Strengths and Weaknessesp. 245
Appendix Gada Chronologyp. 263
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 273
List of Figures, Tables and Maps
Fig 1.1 Map of Oromop. xxviii
Fig 3.1 Structure of Oromo Polityp. 108
Fig 3.2 Gada Cyclep. 122
Table 4.1 The idiom of Gada chronologyp. 155
Table 4.2 Bahrey's Chronologyp. 157
Table 4.3 Concordance of 16th Century Oromo Moietie and today's Borana moietiesp. 165
Fig 4.1 Replication and Rebuilding of Moitiesp. 176
Fig 4.2 Oromo Cradlelandsp. 180
Fig 5.1 Representation of Oromo Cross-cutting Organizationsp. 197
Table 5.1 Alliance of alternate groupsp. 233

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