Abelove, Joan M.. Pre-verbal learning of kinship behavior among Shipibo infants of eastern Peru

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Title: Pre-verbal learning of kinship behavior among Shipibo infants of eastern Peru

Published By: Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1978 [2000 copy]. vi, 175 p.: ill.

By line: Joan M. Abelove

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Shipibo (SE26)

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Abstract: This dissertation examines one specific aspect of cultural learning that may occur duing infancy -- kinship behavior, and how it is acquired. The problem posed by the author is whether or not infants learn culturally appropriate patterns of interacting with others before they learn to talk, and do they interact differentially with various kinsmen before they know the appropriate kin terms for these people (p. 4). The information for this thesis was collected by Abelove at a Shipibo village located on the Pisqui River in eastern Peru from a study of 14 mothers and their infants and based on behavioral observations, interviews and projective tests (the TAT). The major findings of this study '...are that the culturally determined patterns of kinship behavior are learned pre-verbally and that the patterning of the mother's own interpersonal life in general is critical in determing her infant's interpersonal behavior' (p. 148).

Document Number: 24

Document ID: se26-024

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM7902539. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- City University of New York, 1978 Includes bibliographical references (p. 150-155)

Field Date: 1973-1974

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2001

Coverage Date: 1973-1974

Coverage Place: Pisqui River area, Peru

LCSH: Shipibo-Conibo Indians

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