Hasluck, Margaret Masson Hardie, 1885-1948. The unwritten law in Albania

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

Title: The unwritten law in Albania

Published By: Original publisher Cambridge: University Press. 1954. xv, 285 p. map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By the late Margaret Hasluck. Edited by J. H. Hutton

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Albanians (EG01)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Legal norms (671); Household (592); Kinship terminology (601); Kin relationships (602); Status, role, and prestige (554); Status and treatment of the aged (888); Trial procedure (695); Inter-community relations (628); Real property (423); Inter-community relations (628); Tribe and nation (619);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This study of customary law in Albania, based on the authors 13 years of actual residence in that country, represents a unique contribution, particularly in view of the dearth of Albanian ethnographic materials available in English. Although concerned primarily with the tribal laws and legal procedures of the northern Albanian Highlanders, the book sheds considerable light on little known aspects of Albanian life, such as the composition of the Albanian family, family relationships, kinship organizations, the general pattern of village and tribal life, and the functioning of General Assemblies on the tribal and local level. Concepts of property rights and accepted methods for dealing with their violation are discussed in detail, as is the role of oath-taking of compurgators, and of community elders as law-makers and arbiters. The precise conventions regulating the blood-feud, so characteristic of Albanian social inter-relationships, are set forth in great detail. Regional and local variations in custom and law are also shown. The author, whose death in 1948 prevented her from completing the work herself, had training as a folklorist and served after her departure from Albania in 1939 as principal briefing agent for British Intelligence operations into Albania during the war. An appendix of recorded laws and an index are supplied at the end of the book, as is a map showing the geographic distribution of Highland tribes.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 10

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. eg01-010

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: 'Laws passed at General Assemblies (translated from the original Albanian)': p. 261-274.

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1926-1939

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 Classicist, Linguist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Jack Crane ; 1956

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900-1939

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Northern Albania

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Customary law--Albania//Albania--Social conditions

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