Lounsbury, Floyd G.. Another view of Trobriand kinship categories

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

Title: Another view of Trobriand kinship categories

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Formal semantic analysis, edited by E.A. Hammel

Published By: Original publisher Formal semantic analysis, edited by E.A. Hammel Menasha, Wisc.: American Anthropological Association. 1965. 142-185, 309-316 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Floyd G. Lounsbury

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Information sources listed in other works (113); Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Kinship terminology (601);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In response to Leach's rebuttal of Malinowski's 'family-centered' and 'extensionist' theory of kinship, (see 50: Leach, in this file), Lounsbury defends Malinowski in this paper, defending the older and more conventional notion about kinship and kinship terminology and presenting a different theory of the meaning of Trobriand kinship terms based on his own formal semantic analysis. Lounsbury outlines the basic tenets of Leach's ideas about kinship in general and then shows, through his own analysis of the data that there is a perfectly understandable underlying logic to the terms and referents reported by Malinowski. Lounsbury expresses his skepticism about the view of 'primitive' kinship, and of kinship in unilineal societies that Leach and other social anthropologists have enunciated in recent studies.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 51

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. ol06-051

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Bibliography: p. 309-316

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Trobriand Islanders


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