Leach, Edmund R.. Concerning Trobriand clans and the kinship category TABU

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Title: Concerning Trobriand clans and the kinship category TABU

Published in: The developmental cycle in domestic groups, edited by Jack Goody

Published By: The developmental cycle in domestic groups, edited by Jack Goody London: Cambridge University Press, 1971. 120-145 p.: ill.

By line: [by] E.R. Leach

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Regulation of marriage (582); Kinship terminology (601); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Clans (614);

Abstract: Leach demonstrates in this paper that some of the conclusions reached by Malinowski regarding the concepts of clans and the kinship category TABU, are incorrect. To clarify his position on the matter and to substantiate his criticism of Malinowski, Leach explores the rationale behind the existence of the four Trobriand clans, then discusses the nature of the word TABU with all its implications, and concludes by tying in these concepts with the origin myth '...whereby various original ancestors are made to emerge from holes in the ground conveniently situated at known sites on ancestral property' (p. 121). During the process of investigation, Leach re-examines and partly reinterprets some of Malinowski's basic views regarding the nature of Trobriand rules of incest and exogamy.

Document Number: 50

Document ID: ol06-050

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Bibliography: p. 145

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders

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