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From age-sets to friendship networks in contemporary sociology: The continuity of soda among the Boorana of East Africa

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This paper re-assesses a comparative sociology of kinship and friendship in East Africa with a particular focus on the Boorana Oromo of Kenya. It argues that the study of kinship dominated the developments of a comparative sociology during colonial times and that the post-colonial influences of war, the market and globalization have increased the role of the individual. As a result a comparative sociology of African kinship needs to be understood in relation to comparative sociological studies of friendship in East Africa, particularly associated with the sociology of education.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalSociology Mind
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2011

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