Kopytoff, Igor. Family and lineage among the Suku of the Congo

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Title: Family and lineage among the Suku of the Congo

Published in: The family estate in Africa, edited by Robert F. Gray and P.H. Gulliver

Published By: The family estate in Africa, edited by Robert F. Gray and P.H. Gulliver Routledge & K. Paul. 1964. 83-116 p.

By line: Igor Kopytoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Suku (FO46)

Subjects: Household (592); Nuclear family (594); Family relationships (593); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Settlement patterns (361); Community structure (621); Rule of descent (611); Social relationships and groups (571);

Abstract: This document argues that the residential cycles of Suku families are shaped by the practical necessity of reconciling the two contradictory principles of Suku social organization: corporate autonomous matrilineages and clans, and residence rules that require each male child to reside with his father and paternal uncles. This led to a residence pattern in which the men of each matrilineage find themselves dispersed among several villages following marriage.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fo46-002

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: 1958-1959

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem ; 2014

Coverage Date: 1920-1960

Coverage Place: Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LCSH: Suku (African people)

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