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: First published in 1988, The Maasai of Matapato has become a classic of ethnography. This detailed study of the Maasai of the Matapato region of Kenya builds up a full and engaging picture of the rituals and ideals of life amongst the Maasai. It deals with the cultural phenomenon of age organization, and looks particularly at three central questions: how men and women are controlled by age organization for the majority of their lives: how men and women develop age-sets and turn them into ongoing concerns: and how age-sets are connected to the management of households; particularly the control of women, children and cattle. Spencer examines the age system, marriage and family to consider how the Maasai's social values and relationships are expressed in, and shaped by, concepts of age.