Book

Black Carib household structure: a study of migration and modernization

University of Washington PressSeattle • Published In 1969 • Pages: 24, 163

By: González, Nancie L. Solien.

Abstract
The central theme of this study is the description and analysis of the 'consanguineal household' of the Garifuna. The author defines this kind of household '...as a coresidental group of people who live under one roof, who eat and sleep together, and cooperate daily for the common benefit of all, and among whom there exist no conjugal pairs' (p. 137). To illustrate the structure and function of this type of household, González uses as her sample the Garifunas of Livingston, Guatemala, placing their form of household organization within the broader cultural and social matrix of the society as a whole, looking at it both synchronically and from a historical viewpoint. In the process of analysis the author provides additional information on the economic development of the society (with an emphasis on the importance of migrant wage labor), domestic life and structure in Garifuna society, and cross-cultural comparisons with other societies outside of Central America.
Subjects
Comparative evidence
Theoretical orientation in research and its results
Household
Extended families
History
External relations
Family relationships
Basis of marriage
Arranging a marriage
Nuptials
Organized ceremonial
Cult of the dead
culture
Garifuna
HRAF PubDate
2005
Region
Middle America and the Caribbean
Sub Region
Central America
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1989-1991
Coverage Date
1956
Coverage Place
Livingston, Guatemala
Notes
[by] Nancie L. Gonzßlez
New version of the author's dissertation, Univ. of Michigan, 1958
Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-155)
LCCN
77093024
LCSH
Garifuna (Caribbean people)