Hoebel, E. Adamson (Edward Adamson), 1906-. The political organization and law-ways of the Comanche Indians

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Title: The political organization and law-ways of the Comanche Indians

Published By: Menasha: American Anthropological Association, 1940. 149 p.

By line: E. Adamson Hoebel

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Comanche (NO06)

Subjects: Legal norms (671); Territorial hierarchy (631); Offenses and sanctions (680);

Abstract: 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 Minnesota.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: no06-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: At head of title: Supplement to American anthropologist, vol. 42, no. 3, pt. 2. Issued also as thesis (Ph. D.) Columbia University.

Field Date: 1933

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1930-1940

Coverage Place: southwestern United States

LCSH: Comanche Indians


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