Firth, Rosemary. Housekeeping among Malay peasants

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Housekeeping among Malay peasants

Published By: Original publisher London: London School of Economics and Political Science. 1943. viii, 198 p., plates

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Rosemary Firth

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Malays (AN05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Settlement patterns (361); Standard of living (511); Fishing (226); Income and demand (434); Composition of population (162); Household (592); Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Gender roles and issues (890); Eating (264); Termination of marriage (586); Diet (262); Food preparation (252); Polygamy (595); Secondary marriages (587); Mutual aid (476); Borrowing and lending (426);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Rosemary Firth spent eight months in a small fishing village in Kelantan. While her husband investigated the production and distribution of wealth (see No. 4, Firth), she studied the ways in which this wealth was used. The report concentrates on women and their activities, as housekeepers, wives, mothers and wage-earners. (The appendix includes a case history of economic and social relations in a polygamous establishment, showing the jealousy of the older for the younger wife, aggravated by difficulties about the division of income.) The data on household budgets were collected by personal interview from 10 families over periods ranging from 4 to 21 weeks. (Individual family weekly expenditures are included in the appendix.) The types of markets, the products on sale and the methods and amount bought by the individual consumer are included in the study. Ceremonial obligations and the financing and preparation of the feasts are described. The appendix includes a section on cooking and recipes.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

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. an05-006

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1939-1940

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. B. P. Emerson ; 1955

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1939-1943

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Small fishing vlilage in Kelantan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Home economics--Kelantan//Kelantan--Social life and customs


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