Robinson, Marguerite S.. Complementary filiation and marriage in the Trobriand Islands

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Title: Complementary filiation and marriage in the Trobriand Islands

Published in: Marriage in tribal societies, edited by Meyer Fortes

Published By: Marriage in tribal societies, edited by Meyer Fortes Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972. 121-157 p.

By line: [by] Marguerite S. Robinson

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

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Gift giving (431); Regulation of marriage (582); Nuptials (585); Family relationships (593); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Mourning (765); Magic (789); Pregnancy (843);

Abstract: In this article Robinson re-analyses Malinowski's and Powell's data on affinity and filiation and concludes that the position of the father in reference to marriage and filiation in Trobriand society '...is invested with important, and, in some respects, decisive jural, economic and ritual roles, rights and responsibilities. Complementary filiation, then, is of primary importance in Trobriand society, and in this respect resembles closely `matrilineal' systems in other societies.

Document Number: 52

Document ID: ol06-052

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: First published 1962.. Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University Microfilms International, 1980. Bibliography: p. 156-157

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Unknown-4

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders

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