Aberle, David Friend, 1918-. The psychosocial analysis of a Hopi life-history

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The Psychosocial Analysis Of A Hopi Life-history

I. Introduction

A. The Problem

B. Other Approaches

C. “typicality,” Validity, And Reliability

D. Procedure

Ii. Hopi Culture

A. History 2

B. Environment And Economy 6

C. Sociopolitical Organization 12

D. The Clan And The Household 17

E. Marriage 21

F. Property

G. Beliefs And Ethic 28

H. Ceremonial Activities 41

I. Life Cycle

J. Implications

Iii. Don's Life

A. The Document 1

B. Summary Of Don's Life

C. Childhood

1. The First Nine Years Of Life 3

2. Katcina Initiation 23

3. Analysis

D. School Years: September, 1899, To May, 1909, Age Nine To Nineteen 35

1. Day School: September, 1899, To Spring, 1901, Age Nine To Eleven

2. Boarding School At Keams Canyon: Fall, 1901, To November, 1906, Age Eleven To Sixteen

3. School In California: November, 1906, To May, 1909, Age Sixteen To Nineteen

4. Vacations

5. Life In The Hopi Country

6. Sexual Experience And Courtship

7. The Death Journey

8. Analysis Of School Years

E. Bachelorhood: May, 1909, To January, 1911, Age Nineteen To Twenty 49

1. Reidentification As A Hopi; Ceremonial Activities; Initiation

2. Courtship And Marriage

3. Witchcraft

4. Economic Adjustment

5. Analysis Of Bachelorhood

F. Married Life, I: January, 1911, To 1928, Age Twenty To Thirty-eight 64

1. Economic Adjustment

2. Relations With Wife And Affinal Kin

3. Sickness, Death, And Witchcraft

4. Religious Activity And Improvement In Status

5. Tensions Of The Acculturation Situation

6. Marriage, I: Analysis

G. Married Life, Ii: 1928 To 1940, Age Thirty-eight To Fifty 84

1. Economic Adjustment

2. Relations With Norman

3. Impotence, Recovery, And Subsequent Sexual Behavior

4. Relations With Whites

5. Ceremonial Participation And Status

6. Witchcraft, Sicknesses, And The Deaths Of Acquaintances And Relatives

7. The Future

8. Marriage, Ii: Analysis

Iv. Conclusion: Application Of The Life-history Analysis

A. Procedure

B. The Individual Hopi

1. The Prestige-seeking Man

2. The Problem Of Mistrust

3. The Problem Of Aggression

4. Conformity

5. Compensations

6. Differential Reactions

C. Hopi Society

D. Scope And Limitations Of This Study, And Implications For Further Research

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Title: The psychosocial analysis of a Hopi life-history

Published By: Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1951. 6, 133 p.

By line: David Aberle

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

Culture: Hopi (NT09)

Subjects: Infancy and childhood (850); Behavior processes and personality (150); Socialization (860); Culture summary (105); Sorcery (754);

Abstract: This is an attempt “to analyze a single life-history for the light it sheds on the society in which the subject lives” (p. 1). It should be read in conjunction with or after 7:Talayesva, since it is an analysis of that material. Unfortunately, but maybe necessarily, it tends to repeat large amounts of data already in the file in sources No. 1 or 7. Thus large summary sections are followed by shorter analyses. However for the analysis to be intelligible, it is difficult to see how else this might have been accomplished. The best material here concerns witchcraft and interpersonal relations. Since it is based on primary material, for the most part already in the file, to which the researcher can easily refer, it is a valuable addition to the file in terms of the insights it offers about Hopi society. Aberle that “cooperation, lack of physical coercion, and peaceful behavior” certainly contrast with “witchcraft, suspicion, and hostility” but that both sets are characteristics of Hopi society (p. 124). The set which is emphasized is dependant upon the environmental conditions at the moment. This is a secondary source, no fieldwork was involved.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: nt09-011

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-133)

Field Date: none

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4

Analyst: Martin Malone ; 1975

Coverage Date: ca. 1899-1940

Coverage Place: Oraibi Pueblo, northeastern Arizona, United States

LCSH: Hopi Indians


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