Ames, David W.. Plural marriage among the Wolof in the Gambia: with a consideration of problems of marital adjustment and patterned ways of resolving tensions

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Title: Plural marriage among the Wolof in the Gambia: with a consideration of problems of marital adjustment and patterned ways of resolving tensions

Published By: [s.l.]: [s.n.], [n.d.]. iv, 145 p.

By line: David Wason Ames

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Wolof (MS30)

Subjects: Castes (564); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Polygamy (595); Kinship terminology (601); Basis of marriage (581); Regulation of marriage (582); Nuptials (585); Gender status (562); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Extramarital sex relations (837); Division of labor by gender (462);

Abstract: Ames’ study of Wolof polygyny seeks to give attention to the entire range of cultural phenomena, focusing attention on the individual acting in various ways in concrete situations and trying to discover the attitudes, motivations, and sanctions that underlie and help to explain such behavior. The discussion begins with the principal patterns of Wolof culture and then goes to specific topics such as marriage, social stratification, status of women, family and kinship structure, household economy, property ownership, problems of individual adjustment in a polygynous household, and the impact of European culture. In 1959, the author was assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: ms30-008

Document Type: monograph

Language: English

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Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Northwestern University, 1953

Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-145)

Field Date: 1950-1951

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert Lee; 1959

Coverage Date: 1950-1951

Coverage Place: The Gambia and Senegal

LCSH: Wolof (African people)

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