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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Hasluck, Margaret Masson Hardie,
Hutton, J. H. (John Henry), 1885-1968
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Legal norms (671);
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.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
'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
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.
Jack Crane ; 1956
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Customary law--Albania//Albania--Social conditions