Geertz, Hildred. The Javanese family: a study of kinship and socialization

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1. Kinship In Javanese Society

2. The Setting

Chapter Two The Structure Of The Javanese Kinship System

1. Kinship Terminology

The Fundamental Pattern

Social Relationships: Respect And Familiarity

Conflict Between Respect Systems

Kinship Terms And Non-kinsmen

2. The Kindred And Affinal Relatives

Extent And Cohesiveness Of The Kindred

Rights And Duties Of Kinsmen

Affinal Relatives

3. Household Composition

Variations In Household Make-up

Adult Relatives In The Household

“borrowed” Children Of Kinsmen


The Central Role Of Women In Household Composition

4. Property Division At Divorce And At Death

The Settlement Process

Settlement At Divorce

Settlement At Death

5. Marriage

Marriage Arrangement

Selection Of Mate

Courtship And Engagement

Wedding Rituals And Festivities

Divorce And Remarriage

The First Months Of Marriage

6. The Structure Of Javanese Kinship

Chapter Three The Functioning Of The Javanese Kinship System

1. Customs Of Pregnancy And Childbirth

The Desire For Children

Abortion And Contraception

Customs And Taboos During Pregnancy

Traditional Childbirth Customs

Traditional Treatment Of Mother And Neonate

Modern Medically Trained Midwives

2. Infant Care And Training

General Treatment Of The Infant


Carrying The Baby

Nursing, Supplementary Feeding, And Weaning


Politeness Training

Learning To Walk

Toilet Training

Attiudes Toward Infantile Sexuality

Going To Sleep

Ritual Protections

3. Social Relationships In Childhood



Relationships With Others

Javanese Conceptions Of Maturity

The Javanese Value Of “respect”

Teaching And Enforcing Mature Behavior

4. Adolescence

5. Adulthood

Economic Co-operation Between Husband And Wife

Sexual Rights Of Spouses

Emotional Relationships Between Spouses


Old Age

6. Javanese Values And The Javanese Family

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Title: The Javanese family: a study of kinship and socialization

Published By: [New York]: Free Press of Glencoe, [1961]. 12, 176 p.: ill.

By line: Hildred Geertz

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

Culture: Javanese (OE05)

Subjects: Kinship terminology (601); Kindreds and ramages (612); Kin relationships (602); Household (592); Termination of marriage (586); Social readjustments to death (768); Basis of marriage (581); Arranging a marriage (584); Pregnancy (843); Childbirth (844); Infant care (854); (86); Family relationships (593); Ethos (181); Adolescent activities (883); Adulthood (885); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: Geertz examines in this source the nature of the contributions of the Javanese kinship system (bilateral with the nuclear family as the most important kinship group) to the stability and continuity of Javanese society. Her investigation in the town of Modjokuto includes an examination of the structure of the Javanese kinship system (including kinship terminology, kindred and affinal relatives, household composition, property division at divorce and death, marriage) and the functioning of the Javanese kinship system (including customs at pregnancy and childbirth, infant care and training, social relationships in childhood, adolescence, adulthood, Javanese values and the family). She concludes that ôCertain diffuse, general social values provide legitimacy and meaning to familial institutions and serve as normative guides for the daily give-and-take among family members. These same social values may also be important elements in some non-familial institutions, such as the structure of authority and social control within the community.ö (p. 146) These social values include the Javanese concept of ôrespectö and ôharmonious social appearancesö.

Document Number: 20

Document ID: oe05-020

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1952-1954

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Del Childs ; Marlene Martin ; 1982

Coverage Date: 1952-1954

Coverage Place: Java, Indonesia

LCSH: Javanese (Indonesian people)/Kinship//Ethnology--Java


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