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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The dynamics of clanship among the Tallensi: being the first
part of an analysis of the social structure of a Trans-Volta tribe
Published By: Original publisher
London: Oxford University Press for the International
African Institute. 1945. xx, 270 p., 16 plates ill., maps
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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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Kin relationships (602);
Rule of descent (611);
Avoidance and taboo (784);
Spirits and gods (776);
Cult of the dead (769);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Community structure (621);
Community heads (622);
Gender status (562);
Settlement patterns (361);
Real property (423);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is devoted to a structural analysis of the
clanship and lineage relationships among the Tallensi. It deals with the constitution and
interrelations of the corporate groupings found in Tallensi society. He develops the idea
that the tendency towards equilibrium is marked in every sector of Tallensi society and in
the society as a whole, this tendency being a result of the dominance of the lineage
principle in the social structure. He spends some time relating the economy and religion to
the lineage system within the structure of the society. The interpenetrations of kinship
with these aspects of the structure are left for a second volume. Material culture is
touched upon only incidentally. Fortes received his doctorate in psychology from the
University of London in 1930, studying subsequently under Radcliffe-Brown and Malinowski.
He is currently William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of
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
Includes bibliographical references and index
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1934-1937 ; 1943
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.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957
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)
Tongo village, Ghana
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Tallensi (African people)