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November 2000

Research Perspectives
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My goal is to provide information and interpretation that will affect strategy.  Information for its own sake is useless.  While I will try to be accurate by academic standards, our concerns are not for academic focus, but for practical understanding that will affect communication.  Initial access is critical in the "self-context" of the people themselves.

The goal is to see various groups of peoples as they see themselves, but further, to put that perspective into a broader framework of relationship to all we know about other peoples.   Strategy for communication and engagement is always the end goal.

Disciplines applicable to this are Anthropology, Sociology, History, Linguistics, Orality and Media, Political Science, Comparative History and Culture.

Classification problems come up when the self-name or other self designations are the same for different peoples.  Many different peoples may use the same name for themselves.  Thus some of the standard-reference names for languages, people clusters, etc., are technical words used within disciplines to enable us to understand discovered distinctions, which may be somewhat different from the actual terms peoples call themselves or their languages.

Various resources are available on the Strategy Leader Resource Kit.

As a research consultant and resource person, I need to know what you know.  Thus I would like copies of your cultural profiles, worldview summaries or updated research with sources.  If you have info on a website, please send me the URL.  This can be added to the resource list in the SLRK.

People Populations
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Getting an accurate population figure is a tricky part of people group (cultural) research.
(1) In many countries official censuses do not give ethnic composition.
(2) Some governments include many under one broad name which may not represent the real ethnic ppl cluster some belong to
(3) Various sources may vary widely.  The researcher/strategist must critically evaluate various sources and choose a likely median or the more likely source.
(4) Population figures may include several groups of the same or similar name, who speak different language, or many separate ethnic groups may be lumped together under the name of their common language name.
(5) Access to a region may be difficult or impossible due to war or famine, travel restrictions, etc.

For example, population estimates for the Kurds vary from 12 to 30 million!

Cases
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The Druze were listed in a reference database for three countries.  The S trategy Leader had done field research and estimated a larger figure than in the common lists.  I had references to the Druze also in Jordan, including official government sources, but no population.  So they have been listed as also in Jordan, but the population field has been left empty till we get the Jordan population.

The Nubians are often listed as one group.  However, they speak three different languages, so there should be separate entries for each ethno-linguistic division of them.  Interpolations had to be made from total figures for language speakers across the border of Egypt and Sudan, and separation of two groups speaking a similar language, often listed under one joint name.

Thus with the figures I have, I can say there are 1.1 million Nubians as a cluster.  There are 29,000 Kenuzi in Egypt, 71,000 Dongolawi in Sudan, 200,000 Fedicca in Egypt, 295,000 Mahas in Sudan, and 292,000 Arabic-speaking Nubians in Egypt.  (Each of these would be targeted separately to some degree, but language being the primary dividing factor for communication strategy.  The Strategy Leader would decide on ground strategies.)

However, in addition, we know there are 180,000 Nubians in Sudan speaking the Kenuzi-Dongolawi language (two distinct language forms grouped together by SIL, spoken by two distinct tribes), but cannot determine the number of each separate group.  Thus the listing for an additional Kenuzi-Dongolawi group is listed as such with a population of 180,000.

Similarly, there are an estimated 50,000 additional Fedicca and Mahas Nubians in other countries, but separate numbers are not available for each tribe.  So they also are listed as one entry Fedicca-Mahas, in other countries.

Meanwhile another source had higher figures for the Nubians (but with no sourcing information), which we cannot confirm.

Case Studies   Read more on each of these people groups in links on the Virtual Research Centre.

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Last updated 20 January 2005

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