The Concept of the Person in Luo Modes of Thought

D. A. Masolo

in African Philosophy

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195114409
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785827 | DOI:
 The Concept of the Person in Luo Modes of Thought

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This essay examines the concept of juok, found among the Southern (Kenya) and Central (Uganda) Luo. The implications of the concept for understanding what constitutes personhood, grounding the principles of moral discourse and judgement, and determining the principles of social geography in the Luo world are discussed. It is argued that the nature of personhood results from the interplay between the culturally objectified perceptions of persons and the subjectively apprehended aspects of social life through which individuals express their subjectivity in opposition or resistance to conventionally defined roles, rules, and regulations of the habitus.

Keywords: personhood; Luo; juok; habitus

Chapter.  10218 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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