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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The web of kinship among the Tallensi: the second 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. 1949. xiv, 358 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
Family relationships (593);
Extended families (596);
Kin relationships (602);
Rule of descent (611);
Parents-in-law and children-in-law (606);
Community structure (621);
Community heads (622);
Basis of marriage (581);
Mode of marriage (583);
Termination of marriage (586);
Gender status (562);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Techniques of socialization (861);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is the second volume of a description and
functional analysis of the social structure of the Tallensi, a large group living in the
Northern Territories of the Gold Coast Colony (present-day Ghana). The emphasis here is
upon the ramifications of kinship in a patrilineal society and its intermeshing with the
lineage principle. Attention is paid to the importance of the mother and of matrilineal kin
in this overtly patrilineal society, and the spiritual, rather than legal, bonds developing
among them. Also stressed are the tensions which arise from the opposition of kinship and
the lineage principle, and the reduction of these tensions. Material culture is touched
upon only as it is relevant to the problem under discussion. Fortes received his Doctor of
Philosophy degree in psychology from the University of London in 1930, and subsequently
studied under Bronislaw Malinowski and A. R. Radcliffe-Brown. While in the field he was
influenced by the work of Raymond Firth. Fortes was William Wyse Professor of Social
Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
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
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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1934-1937 ; 1945
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
Kinship//Tallensi (African people)