Ottenberg, Phoebe. Marriage relationships in the double descent system of the Afikpo Ibo of southeastern Nigeria

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Part I Introduction

Chapter I The Problem

Chapter Ii The Cultural Setting


The Social Structure

The Supernatural

The Life Cycle

Part Ii Family Relationships

Chapter Iii Courtship And Betrothal

Arranging A Harriage

The Nwa Ulo Relationship

Premarital Pregnancy


Bride Wealth

The Consummation Ceremony

Chapter Iv Marriage And Group Membership

Group Affiliations Following Marriage

A Wife's Relation To Her Husband's Kin And Compound

A Wife's Relation To Her Own Kin And Her Compound Of Birth

A Husband's Relation To His Wife's Kin

Changes In Relations After Dissolution Of Marriage

Death Of A Spouse

Separation And Divorce

Bride Wealth For Second Marriages

Women's Compound Orientation

Chapter V Relations Between Husbands And Wives

Men's And Women's Conceptions Of Marriage

Aspects Of The Husband-wife Relationship


Economic Relations Between Husband And Wife

Ceremonial And Abstract Obligations Of Husband And Wife

Companionship Between Husband And Wife

The Sexual Relationship Between Husband And Wife

The Differential Relationship Between A Polygynous Husband And Co-wives

Qualities Sought In Husbands And Wives

Affective Relations Of Husband And Wife

The Relative Social Positions Of Husbands And Wives

Relations Between Educated Husbands And Wives

Chapter Vi Relations Between Co-wives

The Ranking Of Co-wives

Mutual Obligations Of Co-wives

Ideals Of Polygynous Conduct

Marriages Arranged By A Co-wife

The Sociability Of Co-wives

Attitudes Toward Polygyny

Co-wife Hostility

Control And Discipline Of Co-wives

Cohesive And Disruptive Factors In Co-wife Relations

Chapter Vii Relations Between Parents And Children

The Position Of Children

The Obligations Of Parents And Children

Parents And Children As Kinsmen

Day-to-day Contacts Of Parents And Children

Child Training And Discipline

Care And Custody Of Children

Parents' Sending Children Away

Custody Following Death Of A Parent

Custody Following Separation And Divorce

Descent Affiliations Of Foster Children

Part Iii Culture Change And Marital Stability

Chapter Viii Changes In The Husband-wife Relationship

The Traditional Husband-wife Relationship

Changes In Economic Relations

Ideological Changes Since Occupation

Chapter Ix Karital Stability And Instability

Factors Promoting Harital Stability

Causes Of Marital Instability

Attempts To Resolve Marital Discord

Separation And Divorce

Reasons For Separation

Separation Procedure




Chapter X Marital Stability And Its Correlates

Ideal And Actual Patterns In Afikpo Marriage

Marital Stability In Afikpo

Factors Promoting Marital Stability In Other African Societies

Factors Causing Marital Instability In Other African Societies

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

Title: Marriage relationships in the double descent system of the Afikpo Ibo of southeastern Nigeria

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms. 1958 [1980 copy]. 1, 6, 335 leaves ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Phoebe Vestal Ottenberg

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Mode of marriage (583); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Termination of marriage (586); Family relationships (593); Polygamy (595); Secondary marriages (587); Basis of marriage (581);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source provides a thorough discussion of family and marriage relationships among the Afikpo Igbo. The data were gathered through participant observation, informal interview, and a formal questionnaire. Here, it should be noted, that Ottenberg had to rely on interpreters when speaking to non-English speaking Igbo. There is much descriptive information on courting and marriage customs, bride wealth, and the relationships among family members (i.e., between husbands and wives, among co-wives, and among parents and children). Major attention is given to divorce and remarriage and the factors that promote marital stability and instability among the Igbo and in Africa in general.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 16

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. ff26-016

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: UM58-05773 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Northwestern University, 1958 Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-328)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1951-1953

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. Eleanor C. Swanson ; 1981

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1951-1953

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) AfikpoVillage-Group, Ogoja Province, southeastern Nigeria

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Igbo (African people)


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