McCommon, Carolyn Sue. Mating as a reproductive strategy: a Black Carib example

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Title: Mating as a reproductive strategy: a Black Carib example

Published By: Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1982 [1989 copy ]. 4, 10, 150 p.: ill., maps

By line: [by] Carolyn Sue McCommon

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Garifuna (SA12)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); History (175); Conception (842); Household (592); Mode of marriage (583); Basis of marriage (581); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Termination of marriage (586);

Abstract: The focus of this study is the examination of the basic nature of the Garifuna mating system. The analysis uses some of the principles of biological theories relating to sexual and kin selection (p. iii). The data used in this source were obtained from interviews with Garifuna women in Sambo Crique, Honduras. McCommon's Garifuna data show that a woman's mating pattern -- legal/religious, co-residential, extra-residential, or single -- is related to her perceived ability to choose the best source of support, not only for herself, but also for her children and other consanguines. According to the author, these mating decisions '...can be measured by variation in reproductive accomplishments' (p. iii). These data agree with previous studies of Caribbean mating patterns.

Document Number: 14

Document ID: sa12-014

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM8305673. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- State College, Pennsylvania State University, 1982 Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-149)

Field Date: 1980-1981

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1980-1981

Coverage Date: 1980-1981

Coverage Place: Sambo Crique, Honduras

LCSH: Black Carib Indians

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