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Clientelism and social structure : an analysis of patronage in Yoruba social thought

Klientelismus und Sozialstruktur : eine Analyse der Patronage im sozialen Denken der Yoruba
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Omobowale, Ayokunle Olumuyiwa

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Abstract "Soziale Beziehungen bei den Yoruba wurden von jeher durch Sprichwörter, Redewendungen und Lieder (re-)strukturiert. In ihnen spiegelt sich das Denken der Gruppe wider. Dies zeigt sich insbesondere beim Blick auf die Beziehungen zwischen Patron und Klient und den Erwartungen, wie diese Beziehungen aussehen sollten. Durch die Analyse von Sprichwörtern, Redewendungen und Liedern der Yoruba wird gezeigt, wie indigenes gesellschaftliches Denken Werte, Normen und Erwartungen in klientelistischen Beziehungen festlegt." (Autorenreferat)

"From time immemorial, social relations among the Yoruba have been structured and restructured through proverbs, idioms and songs that reflect the social thought of the group. This is especially shown in the kind of relationships that ought to exist between the patron and the client. The aim of this paper is to undertake an analysis of Yoruba proverbs, idioms and songs with a view to giving insights into how the indigenous social thought stipulates norms, values and expectations within clientelistic relationships among the Yoruba." (author's abstract)
Keywords Africa; Nigeria; ethnic relations; ethnic group; social structure; expectation; language; language usage; hierarchy; authoritarianism; authority; thinking; social attitude; social indicators; social position; social stratification; standard; normality; action orientation; West Africa; English-speaking Africa; developing country; Africa South of the Sahara
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 203-224
Journal Afrika Spectrum, 43 (2008) 2
ISSN 0002-0397
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works