Lounsbury, Floyd G.. Another view of Trobriand kinship categories

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Title: Another view of Trobriand kinship categories

Published in: Formal semantic analysis, edited by E.A. Hammel

Published By: Formal semantic analysis, edited by E.A. Hammel Menasha, Wisc.: American Anthropological Association, 1965. 142-185, 309-316 p.

By line: [by] Floyd G. Lounsbury

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

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Information sources listed in other works (113); Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Kinship terminology (601);

Abstract: In response to Leach's rebuttal of Malinowski's 'family-centered' and 'extensionist' theory of kinship, (see 50: Leach, in this file), Lounsbury defends Malinowski in this paper, defending the older and more conventional notion about kinship and kinship terminology and presenting a different theory of the meaning of Trobriand kinship terms based on his own formal semantic analysis. Lounsbury outlines the basic tenets of Leach's ideas about kinship in general and then shows, through his own analysis of the data that there is a perfectly understandable underlying logic to the terms and referents reported by Malinowski. Lounsbury expresses his skepticism about the view of 'primitive' kinship, and of kinship in unilineal societies that Leach and other social anthropologists have enunciated in recent studies.

Document Number: 51

Document ID: ol06-051

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Bibliography: p. 309-316

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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