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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Van Velsen, J.
The politics of kinship: a study in social manipulation among
the lakeside Tonga of Nyasaland
Published By: Original publisher
Manchester [Eng.] ; New York: Published on behalf of The
Rhodes-Livingston Institute (University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) by the
Manchester University Press ; and in the U.S.A. by Humanities Press, Inc.. 1964. xxix,
338 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by J. van Velsen
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2001. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Lakeshore Tonga (FR07)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Borrowing and lending (426);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Mode of marriage (583);
Kin relationships (602);
Community structure (621);
Community heads (622);
Inter-community relations (628);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
A superb ethnography on Lakeshore Tonga kinship and
politics, which employs a situational analysis approach. The study shows how leaders to the
extent possible attract followers and augment or maintain power by manipulating lineage and
affinal connections, bridewealth debt, cross-cousin marriage, access to land and marital
residence. Van Velsen analysizes several case studies, including ‘Meya's Death,’ expertly
accounting for the different behavior of individuals and groups.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-330)
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Nkhata Bay District, Northern Province,
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