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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Pospisil, Leopold J.
Kapauku Papuans and their law
Published By: Original publisher
New Haven, Conn.: Published for the Dept. Anthropology,
Yale University. 1958. 296 p., plates ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Borrowing and lending (426);
Termination of marriage (586);
Ingroup antagonisms (578);
Legal norms (671);
Offenses and sanctions (680);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph, a doctoral dissertation by an
anthropologist at Yale University, is an attempt to demonstrate, with the help of data from
the Kapauku Papuans, the effectiveness of a theory of law formulated on the basis of a
cross-cultural study of 32 societies. The monograph is divided into four parts: the first
concentrates upon the Kapauku individual and his conception of the universe; the second on
Kapauku society and its subgroups; the third consists of 176 decisions relating to specific
disputes; while the last part tests Pospisil's theory against the background of these
decisions and of the culture in general. In testing the theory of law, special attention is
given to the analysis of authority and leadership.
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
This is a rewrite of the author's dissertation,
(Ph.D.) -- Yale University Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-294) Material
relating to the TONOWI, the PRIMUS INTER PARES of the Kapauku society, has been indexed for
Community Heads (622). Material on the 'ani jokaani,' boys who come to live with a rich man
to obtain from him a good education, etc. is indexed for Dependency. (736).
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
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 ; 1959
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)
Kamu Valley, central Highlands, Irian Jaya,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Kapauku (New Guinea people)