Mason, Leonard E.. The economic organization of the Marshall Islanders:

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I. The Land

A. Climate

1. Summary Of Pertinent Data

2. Appraisal Of Climate In Relation To

B. Topography

1. Descriptive Summary

2. Summary Of Resources

3. Relation Of Geographical Factors To

Ii. The People

A. Population

1. Historical Background

2. Population Statistics

3. Chief Health Factors

B. Cultural Data

1. Kinship Organisation

2. Territorial Organization

3. Occupational Organization

4. Associations

5. Rank And Status Organization

6. Comprehensive

Iii. Consumption And Requirements

A. Native Consumption Pattern

1. Consumers' Goods

2. Capital Goods

3. Sholter

4. Services

B. Hative Requirements

1. Principles

Iv. Propsrty

A. Land Tenure

1. Native Land System

2. Changes Under German Administration

3. Changes Under Japanese Administration

4. Conditions Under American Administration

B. Movable And Intangible Property

1. Ownership And Inheritance

2. Tribute And Tazation

3. Alienation By Gift

C. Recommendations

V. Labor

A. Wage Labor

1. Categories Of Work

2. Availability Of Labor

3. Conditions Of Labor

B. Other Forks Of Labcr

1. Cooperation And Group Participation

2. Specialization

3. Copra Labor Unrest At Likiep

Vi. Resources

A. Copra Production

1. Conditions Of Coconut Cultivation

2. Commercial Development Under German Direction

3. Japanese Stimulation Of The Industry

4. Native Methods Of Processing Copra

5. Marketing Of Copra By Natives

6. Post-war Rehabilitation Of The Copra Industry

B. Handicraft Production

1. Japanese Organization Of Handicraft Production

2. American Support Of Handicraft Industry

3. Processes And Techniques Of Production

4. Purchasing Procedures And Practices

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Title: The economic organization of the Marshall Islanders:

Published By: Honolulu: U.S. Commercial Company, Economic Survey, 1947. vi, 247 p. [incomplete]

By line: Leonard E. Mason

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

Culture: Marshallese (OR11)

Subjects: Community structure (621); Labor supply and employment (464); Fishing (226); Extended families (596); Kindreds and ramages (612); Adoption (597); Kinship terminology (601); Community heads (622); Settlement patterns (361); Behavior toward non-relatives (609); Visiting and hospitality (574); Real property (423); Tillage (241); Taxation and public income (651); Individual enterprise (472); Cooperative organization (474); Classes (565); Alcoholic beverages (273); Food preparation (252); External trade (439); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: This source, written by a professional ethnologist, deals with the economic situation of the Marshall Islanders, both historically and in the present day. Heavy emphasis is placed on the modern economic activities. A rounded description is given of the islands and cultural background, followed by detailed discussions of property rights, labor, foreign trade, and the processing and manufacture of items for foreign trade. Descriptions are included of modern native industries and the products involved. Pp. 111-145, and an appendix have been omitted from the files, since the former deals with recommendations for action and the latter deals with a native land transfer legal document.

Document Number: 20

Document ID: or11-020

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Unpublished manuscript submitted as a report. Omitted from the File: pages 111-145.

Field Date: 1946

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: James R. Leary ; 1961

Coverage Date: 1900-1914

Coverage Place: Marshall Islands

LCSH: Marshallese


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