Aginsky, B. W.. The mechanics of kinship

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Title: The mechanics of kinship

Published in: American anthropologist -- Vol. 37

Published By: American anthropologist -- Vol. 37 Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, etc., 1935. 450-457 p.

By line: B. W. Aginsky

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Pomo (NS18)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Regulation of marriage (582); Secondary marriages (587); Kinship terminology (601);

Abstract: This brief article, written by B. W. Aginsky, a professional anthropologist, is an attempt to show whether or not marriage is basically reflected in the kinship terminology of a given people. To illustrate the working out of this theory, the author constructs several theoretical kinship systems on the basis of types of marriage, and then proceeds to show how, in his estimation, this theory holds for each of these systems. The author shows how this theory actually resolves itself in a real (i.e., non-theoretical) society -- the Pomo (Hopland Valley, Ukiah Valley and Rincon Valley). Aginsky concludes that there was a definite selective tendency among the valley Pomo in the kinship identification passed on from generation to generation.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: ns18-009

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 456-457)

Field Date: 1934

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1960

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: California, United States

LCSH: Pomo Indians


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