Western and European influence on Africa Arab/Muslim influence Influence from South Asia and beyond Colinization is a major influence on Africa. Effect on social and cultural influence by colonization. In the post-independence period, the pre-existing political structures had a great effect on how the post-independent government evolved. Basic elementary systems in society: 1.) Family. The two basic functions of marriages in society- They determine religion and political influence. Early development of socialization of the young. Economic production will always depend on the size of the family. Marriages are formal relationships between families instead of individuals. Conceptually, although marriages are between individuals, each individual represents a group of people. Marriage is a formal relationship between two families that is signified by a transfer in wealth. In Africa, the transfer of wealth from the bride’s family to the groom’s family is often done in terms of cattle. The amount of cattle transferred
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