Gough, Kathleen, 1925-. Nayar: north Kerala

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Title: Nayar: north Kerala

Published in: Matrilineal kinship, edited by David M. Schneider and Kathleen Gough

Published By: Matrilineal kinship, edited by David M. Schneider and Kathleen Gough Berkeley ; Los Angeles: University of California Press. 1961. 385-404, 746-748 p.

By line: Kathleen Gough

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Kerala (AW11)

Subjects: Castes (564); Classes (565); Community structure (621); Community councils (623); Tillage (241); Settlement patterns (361); Kin relationships (602); Avuncular and nepotic relatives (604); Regulation of marriage (582); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Artificial kin relationships (608); Residence (591); Special unions and marriages (588); Kinship regulation of sex (835); Purification and atonement (783); Household (592); Extended families (596); Nuclear family (594); Polygamy (595); Inheritance (428);

Abstract: This work on the Nayar caste of northern Kerala provides an analysis of kinship and matrilineal descent, coupled with an account of Nayar political structure. An introductory sketch of Kerala ecology and geography, and a brief discussion of the economic and political systems of northern Kerala are followed by an intensive study of Nayar matrilineal units—clans, subclans, lineages and property groups. This, in turn, is followed by a comparative study of developments and changes in the social organization and property systems between northern and central Kerala. The study concludes with an examination of specific kinship relations including matrilineal kin, marriage, the father and his kin, and affines; a list of kinship terms completes the section.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: aw11-003

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 746-748)

Field Date: 1947-1949

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1964-1968

Coverage Date: 1730-1949

Coverage Place: northern Kerala, India

LCSH: Kerala (India)

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