Firth, Rosemary. Housekeeping among Malay peasants:

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Title: Housekeeping among Malay peasants:

Published By: London: London School of Economics and Political Science, 1943. viii, 198 p., plates

By line: Rosemary Firth

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Malays (AN05)

Subjects: Settlement patterns (361); Standard of living (511); Fishing (226); Income and demand (434); Composition of population (162); Household (592); Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Gender roles and issues (890); Eating (264); Termination of marriage (586); Diet (262); Food preparation (252); Polygamy (595); Secondary marriages (587); Mutual aid (476); Borrowing and lending (426);

Abstract: Rosemary Firth spent eight months in a small fishing village in Kelantan. While her husband investigated the production and distribution of wealth (see No. 4, Firth), she studied the ways in which this wealth was used. The report concentrates on women and their activities, as housekeepers, wives, mothers and wage-earners. (The appendix includes a case history of economic and social relations in a polygamous establishment, showing the jealousy of the older for the younger wife, aggravated by difficulties about the division of income.) The data on household budgets were collected by personal interview from 10 families over periods ranging from 4 to 21 weeks. (Individual family weekly expenditures are included in the appendix.) The types of markets, the products on sale and the methods and amount bought by the individual consumer are included in the study. Ceremonial obligations and the financing and preparation of the feasts are described. The appendix includes a section on cooking and recipes.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: an05-006

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1939-1940

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: B. P. Emerson ; 1955

Coverage Date: 1939-1943

Coverage Place: Small fishing vlilage in Kelantan

LCSH: Home economics--Kelantan//Kelantan--Social life and customs


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