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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Makuna social organization: a study in descent, alliance, and
the formation of corporate groups in the north-western Amazon
Published By: Original publisher
Uppsala ; Stockholm, Sweden: Academiae Upsaliensis ;
Distributed by Almqvist &Wiksell International. 1981. 379 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Kaj Arhem
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Basis of marriage (581);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Mode of marriage (583);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
In this work Arhem provides a detailed analysis of three
fundamental aspects of the Makuna social reality based on the patrilineal descent system,
the pattern of marriage alliance, and spatial organization. 'The Makuna social organization
represents a general type of social system, which the author calls 'a system of segmentary
alliance'. This type of social system is of considerable theoretical and comparative
interest but has so far received little attention in the anthropological literature' (back
cover, p. 382). In addition, this study offers a structuralist interpretation of
comparative ethnographic material from northern, lowland, South America. The results of
this comparison seem to indicate that '…various, apparently disparate indigenous social
systems in this perspective represent transformation of a single, underlying structure,
encoded in the prescriptive kinship terminology of these societies' (back cover, p.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Uppsala University, 1981 Includes
bibliographical references (p. 359-363) and index
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
October 1971-December 1973
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1996
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Komena Makuna Indians, Vaupés region of
north-western Amazon, eastern Colombia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings