Kinship and Social Organization in Irian Jaya: A Glimpse of Seven Systems

Author(s):
Gregerson, Marilyn J. and Joyce K. Sterner, editors
Description:

The social patterns that constrain behavior in each language group in Irian Jaya define both what holds the culture together internally and what protects it against dismemberment from the outside.

As happens with the people of other countries, the people of these varied indigenous cultures face mounting contact with representatives of the country’s major culture. Any attempt to understand their chances of cultural survival or adaptation must be based on an understanding of the social fabric that provides cohesion for each culture. The articles contained in this volume reveal the way the people cope with the forces that present both tension and stability as an essential part of their social fabric.

Table of Contents:

Foreword

  1. Sobei Social Organization: Independence, Competition and Rivalry
    Joyce K. Sterner
  2. Yawa Marriage and Kinship: A Two-Section Iroquois System
    Linda K. Jones
  3. Kaure Kinship: Obligations, Restrictions, and Taboos
    Peter Barbarossa Dommel
  4. The Social Functions of Polygyny in Relation to Sikaritai Kinship and Marriage
    David L. Martin
  5. A Look at Cohesion, Mutual Obligation, Reciprocity, and Social Interaction amongthe Meyah
    Gilles Gravelle
  6. Edopi Kinship, Marriage, and Social Structure
    Yun Hwa Kim
  7. Irarutu Kinship and Marriage
    Michiko Matsumura
Retail Price:
$29.50
Date:
1997
Extent:
vii, 242 pages
ISBN 13:
978-1556710094
Subject:
Kinship systems
Ethnography
ISBN 10:
1556710097
Size:
6 × 9 × 0.52 in
Weight:
0.8 lb
Field:
Country:
Indonesia
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