González, Nancie L. Solien, 1929-. Black Carib household structure: a study of migration and modernization

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Title: Black Carib household structure: a study of migration and modernization

Published By: Seattle ; London: University of Washington Press, 1969. 24, 163 p.: ill.

By line: [by] Nancie L. Gonzßlez

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Garifuna (SA12)

Subjects: Comparative evidence (171); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Household (592); Extended families (596); History (175); External relations (648); Family relationships (593); Basis of marriage (581); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Organized ceremonial (796); Cult of the dead (769);

Abstract: The central theme of this study is the description and analysis of the 'consanguineal household' of the Garifuna. The author defines this kind of household '...as a coresidental group of people who live under one roof, who eat and sleep together, and cooperate daily for the common benefit of all, and among whom there exist no conjugal pairs' (p. 137). To illustrate the structure and function of this type of household, González uses as her sample the Garifunas of Livingston, Guatemala, placing their form of household organization within the broader cultural and social matrix of the society as a whole, looking at it both synchronically and from a historical viewpoint. In the process of analysis the author provides additional information on the economic development of the society (with an emphasis on the importance of migrant wage labor), domestic life and structure in Garifuna society, and cross-cultural comparisons with other societies outside of Central America.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: sa12-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: New version of the author's dissertation, Univ. of Michigan, 1958. Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-155)

Field Date: 1956-1957

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1989-1991

Coverage Date: 1956

Coverage Place: Livingston, Guatemala

LCSH: Black Carib Indians


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