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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.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalSociology Mind
Volume1
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2011

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