Swartz, Marc J.. Sexuality and aggression on Romonum, Truk

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Title: Sexuality and aggression on Romonum, Truk

Published in: American anthropologist -- Vol. 60

Published By: American anthropologist -- Vol. 60 Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, 1958. 467-486 p.

By line: Marc J. Swartz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Chuuk (OR19)

Subjects: Adjustment processes (154); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Premarital sex relations (836); Extramarital sex relations (837);

Abstract: This article examines two important Chuukese relationships which involve direct sexual expression in the society, that of the marital “spouse relationship,” viewed by the natives as less satisfactory for the purposes of sexual gratification than that of the extra or pre-marital “sweetheart” relationship.” Both of the above relationships are thoroughly discussed especially in the light of their respective functions in the society as mechanisms of psychological adjustment to conflicts and emotional stress inherent in Chuukese culture. Additional data are also given on divorce, brother-in-law and father-in-law relations, sexual techniques, and legal norms relating to the regulating of the “sweetheart relationships.”

Document Number: 12

Document ID: or19-012

Document Type: journal article

Language: English


Includes bibliographical references (p. 485-486)

Field Date: 1955-1956

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1964

Coverage Date: 1955-1956

Coverage Place: Romonum Island, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Trukese (Micronesian people)


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