Male and female age organizations and secret societies in Africa

Behavior Science Research Vol/Iss. 23 (1-4) sage Published In Pages: 234-264
By Ericksen, Karen P.


"The major role of age organizations in the economy, outside of mutual economic aid, is to provide a labor force for tribal elites or elders"(243). Age grades also affect social roles of male age organizations: "compared to those without grades, graded organizations are much more likely to (1) cut across communities (2) determine a man's appointment to political office, and (3) allow membership to continue after marriage"(243).


Descriptive generalization


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