Fortes, Meyer. Kinship and marriage among the Ashanti

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Title: Kinship and marriage among the Ashanti

Published in: African systems of kinship and marriage, edited by A. R. Radcliffe-Brown and D. Forde

Published By: African systems of kinship and marriage, edited by A. R. Radcliffe-Brown and D. Forde London: Oxford University Press for the International African Institute, 1950 252-284 p.

By line: by Meyer Fortes

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Marriage (580); Kinship (600);

Abstract: In this article Fortes discusses what he considers to be the crucial problem for Ashanti men: the conflict between the requirements of marriage and fatherhood on the one hand and a man’s obligation to his matrilineal kin on the other. Manifestations of this conflict as they appear in specific kin-groupings (husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister, uncle and nephew, etc.) are analyzed within the broader contexts of the sib, lineage and extended family. Marriage customs and divorce are also discussed.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: fe12-005

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: No date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Mary L. Bartlett ; 1954

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Akan (African peoples)

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