Chapter 4. Alternating Birth Classes

A Note from Eastern Africa

  1. Nicholas J. Allen Reader1,
  2. Hilary Callan Director2,
  3. Robin Dunbar Professor Director3 and
  4. Wendy James Professor Emeritus Fellow committed social anthropologist4
  1. Wendy James Professor Emeritus Fellow committed social anthropologist

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302714.ch4

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

How to Cite

James, W. (2008) Alternating Birth Classes, in Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction (eds N. J. Allen, H. Callan, R. Dunbar and W. James), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302714.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    Royal Anthropological Institute, Great Britain

  3. 3

    University of Oxford, UK

  4. 4

    St Cross College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. St Cross College, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179010

Online ISBN: 9781444302714

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Keywords:

  • alternating birth classes - a note from Eastern Africa;
  • revisiting ‘generation classes’;
  • alternating birth classes and the Kuria;
  • Kuria generation classes - the basic model;
  • Karimojong of northern Uganda - four ‘generation-sets’, boys initiated in cohorts over time;
  • regional and historical speculation;
  • African continent - discovering origins and sources of world's population in biological sense;
  • legacy of common African heritage among world's people

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Revisiting ‘Generation Classes’

  • Alternating Birth Classes

  • The Kuria Case

  • Karimojong Comparison

  • Comparisons: Regional and Historical Speculation

  • Concluding Questions