Adamson (Edward Adamson), 1906-
The political organization and law-ways of the
Menasha: American Anthropological Association,
1940. 149 p.
By line: E. Adamson Hoebel
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Legal norms (671);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Offenses and sanctions (680);
This is a descriptive study of law of the
Comanche Indians of the southern Plains. Since the Comanche had no concept of
law as an institution, or even as a set of rules, Hoebel used the case-history
method to delineate the legal norms, unformalized by the Comanche. As a basis
for comparison he uses the definition: 'A social norm is legal if its neglect or
infraction is met by the application, in threat or in fact, of the absolute
coercive force /violence/ by a social unit possessing the socially recognized
privilege of so acting.' In giving a background for his study, Hoebel discusses
tribal organization and its economic base, the peace chief, war and war
leadership, and associations and their governmental role. In the actual cases,
he discusses adultery and wife stealing, homicide, criminal offenses, ritual and
evidence, abnormal conduct (e.g., rape and suicide), and property, inheritance
and contract. In an appendix, he provides comparative notes on Shoshonean
law-ways. Bibliographical references are given in footnotes throughout. Hoebel
wasa Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota.
Document ID: no06-001
At head of title: Supplement
to American anthropologist, vol. 42, no. 3, pt. 2. Issued also as thesis (Ph.
D.) Columbia University.
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