Altschuler, Milton. The Cayapa: a study in legal behavior

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Title: The Cayapa: a study in legal behavior

Published By: Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, Inc., 1965. [introductory vi], v, 250 p.: map

By line: Milton Altschuler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Chachi (SD06)

Subjects: (52); (58); Kinship terminology (601); Artificial kin relationships (608); Community structure (621); Sex and marital offenses (684); Burial practices and funerals (764); (79); (84); (85); ;

Abstract: The field work for this study was carried out among the Cayapa Indians of Esmeraldas Province in northwestern Ecuador, particularly those of the Punta Venado tribal group in the Río Camerones region. The author's main focus is on the area of Cayapa social control through law and government. This approach to the analysis of the data was based on the functional-realist approach to law propounded by E. Adamson Hoebel. In setting the stage for the functional interpretations, the author provides a very good summary of Cayapa culture and ecology. Five other chapters are devoted to discussions of social organization, courtship and marriage, deviancy and law in the area of sex relations (i.e., in regard to incest, adultery and polygyny), land, property and inheritance, and the Cayapa psychological dimension. A final chapter presents his conclusions on the interpretation of his data, generally in terms of the adaptation of Cayapa legal norms to changing patterns of social customs and behavior.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: sd06-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM 65-995. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Minnesota, 1964. Information on the Afro-Ecuadorians of Esmeraldas Province has been marked for categories 171, 177 or 186 as appropriate.

Field Date: 1959-1960

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1966 ; Ian Skoggard; 2012

Coverage Date: 1908-1960

Coverage Place: Cayapas Basin, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador

LCSH: Cayapa Indians


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