Fortes, Meyer. The web of kinship among the Tallensi: the second part of an analysis of the social structure of a Trans-Volta tribe

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Chapter I Introductory

The Large-scale Framework Of Tale Society

The Maximal Lineage And Clanship Ties

The Internal Constitution Of The Maximal Lineage

Chapter Ii Kinship And The Lineage System

The Connexion Between Kinship And The Lineage System

Cognatic And Agnatic Kinship

The Generic Concept Of Kinship

Two Classes Of Kinship Relations

The Native Theory Of Conception

The Significance Of Paternity And Patriliny

The Ritual Coefficient Of Patriliny

The Significance Of Maternal Parentage And The Uterine Line

Uterine Kinship And The Notion Of Witchcraft

Uterine Kinship And The Notion Of Tyuk

Uterine Kinship As A Personal Bond

The Dispersion Of Uterine Kin

Chapter Iii The Homestead And The Joint Family

Homestead And Family—a Single Social Entity

The Ideas And Values Embodied In The Homestead

The Architecture Of The Homestead In Relation To The Structure Of The Domestic Family

The Developmental Cycle Of The Joint Family

Chapter Iv Husband And Wife In The Structure Of The Family

The General And The Particular In The Pattern Of Domestic Relations

The Significance Of Marriage 1

The Stability Of Marriage

The Wife's Ties With Her Paternal Family And Lineage

The Opposition Between The Kinship Ties And Marital Ties Of Spouses, And Its Resolution

The Relationships Of A Wife With Her Relatives-in-law

The Relationship Of Husband And Wife

The Sexual Relationship In Marriage

The Economic And Property Relations Of Spouses

The Husband's Authority Over His Wife

The Sexual Relationship As The Corner-stone Of Marriage

The Sexual Rights Of The Husband And The Corporate Interests Of His Clan

The Husband's Relationship With His Affines

Sex In The Relationship Of Affines

The Adjustment Of Co-wives To One Another

Chapter V Parents And Children In The Framework Of The Lineage

Some General Principles Recapitulated

The Importance Of ‘rearing’

Rights And Duties Of Parents

Classificatory Parents And Own Parents

The Significance Of ‘having No Father Alive’

Change Of Status Due To Death Of ‘father’ Shown In Property Relations

Parallel Significance Of ‘not Having A Mother Alive’

Chapter Vi The Moral Basis Of The Relationship Of Parent And Child

The Fundamental Axiom Of Parenthood

The Tribulations Of Parenthood

The Parent-child Bond As An Absolute Bond

Filial Piety

Chapter Vii The Genetic Development Of Parent-child Relationships

Babyhood 1

Childhood

Parents And Children In Everyday Intercourse

Adolescence And The Principle Of Reciprocity

From Adolescence To Adulthood

The Duty Of Supporting The Parents In Old Age

A Methodological Point

Chapter Viii Tensions In The Parent-child Relationship

Rivalry Between Parents And Children

The Native Theory Of The Tension Between The Generations

The Discrimination Between Oldest Children And Youngest Children

The Ancestors As Parent Images

Chapter Ix Grandparents And Grandchildren

Chapter X Siblings In The Social Structure

The Concept Of ‘mabiir(ə)t’

The Equivalence Of Siblings

Factors Modifying The Sibling Bond

The Solidarity Of ‘soog’ Siblings

Solidarity And Equality Among Sunz(ɔ) Siblings

The Social Equivalence Of Siblings Reconsidered

Chapter Xi The Web Of Extra-clan Kinship

Some General Points Restated

Kinship Terms

The Socio-spatial Aspect Of Extra-clan Kinship

Kinship Amity

The Classificatory Extension Of Extra-clan Kinship

The Nuclear Relationship Of Mother's Brother And Sister's Son

The Place Of Gifts In The Relations Of Ah(ə)b And Ah(ə)ŋ

The Status Of An Ah(ə)ŋ As A Foster-child In His Ah(ə)b's Family

The Ah(ə)ŋ As Intermediary

The Ritual Relations Of Matrilateral And Sororal Kin

The Father's Sister

Chapter Xii The Functions Of Kinship

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Title: The web of kinship among the Tallensi: the second part of an analysis of the social structure of a Trans-Volta tribe

Published By: London: Oxford University Press for the International African Institute, 1949. xiv, 358 p., 16 plates: ill., maps

By line: Meyer Fortes

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

Culture: Tallensi (FE11)

Subjects: Household (592); Family relationships (593); Extended families (596); Kin relationships (602); Rule of descent (611); Ethnopsychology (828); Parents-in-law and children-in-law (606); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Basis of marriage (581); Mode of marriage (583); Termination of marriage (586); Etiquette (576); Gender status (562); Polygamy (595); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Techniques of socialization (861); Inheritance (428); Ethics (577);

Abstract: This source is the second volume of a description and functional analysis of the social structure of the Tallensi, a large group living in the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast Colony (present-day Ghana). The emphasis here is upon the ramifications of kinship in a patrilineal society and its intermeshing with the lineage principle. Attention is paid to the importance of the mother and of matrilineal kin in this overtly patrilineal society, and the spiritual, rather than legal, bonds developing among them. Also stressed are the tensions which arise from the opposition of kinship and the lineage principle, and the reduction of these tensions. Material culture is touched upon only as it is relevant to the problem under discussion. Fortes received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology from the University of London in 1930, and subsequently studied under Bronislaw Malinowski and A. R. Radcliffe-Brown. While in the field he was influenced by the work of Raymond Firth. Fortes was William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: fe11-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1934-1937 ; 1945

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957

Coverage Date: 1934-1949

Coverage Place: Tongo village, Ghana

LCSH: Kinship//Tallensi (African people)

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