Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. Kinship in the Admiralty Islands

Table of Contents

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The Manus Tribe

Sketch Of Manus Culture

The Manus Tribe

The Manus Village


Privileges Of Peri Lapan

The Gens 1

Table Of Peri Gens Membership 1

Pere Gens

Pontchal Gens

Matchupal Gens

Kalo Gens

Lo Gens

Kalat Gens

The Kinship System

The Kinship Terminology

List Of Kinship Terms 1

Man Speaking

Woman Speaking

Affinal Terms Resulting From Marriages In Ego's Generation

Note On Linguistic Usage

Age Grade Terms

Ceremonial Functions Of Relatives

Summary Of Marrlage Rules

Structural Emphases

Kinship Within The Gens

Kinship Behavior

Manus Manners Relevant To Avoidance Rules

The Prescribed Marriage And Kinship Behavior

Kinship Attitudes

Part I—avoidance Relationships

Part Ii—respect Relationships

Part Iii—familiarity And Jesting Relationships

Characteristic Behavior Types

Use Of Personal Pronouns In Affinal Relationships

Terms Of Address

Use Of Personal Names

Other Aspects Of Avoidance Behavior

Avoidance Situations Which Are Not Functions Of Kinship 1

Summary Of Avoidance Relationship

The Growing Child And The Kinship Categories 1

Ages At Which Children Use Kinship Terms

Effective Inter-relationships In Adult Life

Brother And Sister

Husband And Wife

Brother And Brother


Cross-cousins 3

Sister To Sister—piloan


Female Cross-cousins—pinpolapol


Trade Friendships

Religious Ramifications Of The Kinship System

Justification Of Ensuing Comparisons

Ceremonial Plunder


Contravention Of The Kinship System

Implications Of The Affinal Exchange System


The Modification Of The Kinship Terminology

Illustrative Cases

Analysis Of The Gens Lo


Notes On Other Admiralty Island Systems

Conditions Of Collection

The Balowan Kinship System


Affinal Terms

Special Terminology

The Expression Of Seniority

The Lou System

Terms Of Consanguinity

Analysis Of Cross-cousin Terms

Terms Of Affinity

Consanguineous Terms Used In Affinal Relations

Notes On The Social Organization


The Ario Usiai Kinship System

Terms Of Affinity

Consanguineous Terms Used In Affinal Relationships

Analysis Of Cross-cousin Terms


The Pak System

Terms Of Consanguinity

Analysis Of Cross-cousin Terms

Affinal Terms

The Bipi System

Terms Of Consanguinity

Affinal Terms

Linguistic Aspects Of The Foregoing Terminologies

Concluding Statement

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

Title: Kinship in the Admiralty Islands

Published By: Original publisher New York: American Museum of Natural History. 1934. 181-358 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Margaret Mead

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Manus (OM06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cultural participation (184); Personal names (551); Status, role, and prestige (554); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Regulation of marriage (582); Family relationships (593); Kinship terminology (601); Kin relationships (602); Cousins (605); Siblings-in-law (607); Rule of descent (611); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Eschatology (775);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source, written by a professional anthropologist of some note, presents a highly detailed analysis and description of the multi-faceted complexities of the Manus kinship system, the data of which comprise nine-tenths of this entire work. Data to be found in this source pertain to: rank among the Manus, the gens, the structure of the kinship system, kinship behavior, the child and his relationship to the kinship categories, kin inter-relationships in adult life, religious orientation of the kinship system, inheritance, ceremonial plunder, and methods of contravening the established kinship system (by adoption, modification of terminology, etc.). The fieldwork for this study was undertaken by the author, then a Fellow of the Social Science Research Council, from November 1928- to June 1929 in conjunction with an ethnographic study on Manus religion being conducted at that time by R. Fortune.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

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. om06-004

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1928-1929

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1964

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1928-1929

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Manus (Papua New Guinea people)


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