Bascom, William Russell, 1912-. The principle of seniority in the social structure of the Yoruba

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Title: The principle of seniority in the social structure of the Yoruba

Published in: American anthropologist, n.s. -- Vol. 44

Published By: American anthropologist, n.s. -- Vol. 44 Menasha: American Anthropological Association, 1942. 37-46 p.

By line: William R. Bascom

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Yoruba (FF62)

Subjects: Kinship terminology (601); Behavior toward non-relatives (609); Clans (614); Polygamy (595); Etiquette (576); Personal names (551);

Abstract: This article by a specialist on Yoruba ethnology, discusses the significance of the classification of kin among the Yoruba on the basis of a seniority which may be related to or quite distinct from the principle of relative age. The author analyzes kinship terms, the factors determining the usage of specific forms under particular circumstances, and the bases for distinguishing which persons are subject to what terms. Coincident to the discussion of terminology, the article gives data on interpersonal relationships, especially among wives of a polygamous family.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: ff62-004

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1937-1938

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: George R. Bedell ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1930-1942

Coverage Place: Nigeria

LCSH: Yoruba (African people)


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