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Hoebel, E. Adamson (Edward Adamson),
The political organization and law-ways of the Comanche
Published By: Original publisher
Menasha: American Anthropological Association. 1940. 149
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E. Adamson Hoebel
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. 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);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Offenses and sanctions (680);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a descriptive study of law of the Comanche Indians
of the southern Plains. Since the Comanche had no concept of law as an institution, or even
as a set of rules, Hoebel used the case-history method to delineate the legal norms,
unformalized by the Comanche. As a basis for comparison he uses the definition: 'A social
norm is legal if its neglect or infraction is met by the application, in threat or in fact,
of the absolute coercive force /violence/ by a social unit possessing the socially
recognized privilege of so acting.' In giving a background for his study, Hoebel discusses
tribal organization and its economic base, the peace chief, war and war leadership, and
associations and their governmental role. In the actual cases, he discusses adultery and
wife stealing, homicide, criminal offenses, ritual and evidence, abnormal conduct (e.g.,
rape and suicide), and property, inheritance and contract. In an appendix, he provides
comparative notes on Shoshonean law-ways. Bibliographical references are given in footnotes
throughout. Hoebel wasa Professor of Anthropology at the University of
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At head of title: Supplement to American
anthropologist, vol. 42, no. 3, pt. 2.|Issued also as thesis (Ph. D.) Columbia University
Includes bibliographical references
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958
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southwestern United States
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