Kerns, Virginia. Sexuality and social control among the Garifuna (Belize)

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

Title: Sexuality and social control among the Garifuna (Belize)

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph In her prime : a new view of middle-aged women [edited by] Judith K. Brown, Virginia Kerns, and contributors ; foreword by Beatrice Blyth Whiting

Published By: Original publisher In her prime : a new view of middle-aged women [edited by] Judith K. Brown, Virginia Kerns, and contributors ; foreword by Beatrice Blyth Whiting S. Hadley, Mass.: Bergin &Garvey Publishers. 1985. 86-98 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Virginia Kerns

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. Garifuna (SA12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Ethnophysiology (827); Sex (830); Reproduction (840);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, Kerns examines how middle-aged women, who are past their childbearing years, control the sexual behavior of young women by enforcing 'rules' around the reproductive cycle. Although women are free to engage in premarital sex and do not need any kin's consent to marry, some restrictive rules do apply with regard to the reproductive cycle. For example, a menstruating woman should stay close to home. Also, a pregnant woman must stay in the home and avoid contact with strangers, and must remain faithful during pregnancy. 'Playing around' creates an uncertainty about paternity and therefore denies a child a full set of kin. In general, the rules promote female fidelity and limit contact between men and young women.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 20

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. sa12-020

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: Includes bibliographical references (p. 98)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1974-1976

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 Ethnographer-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2003

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1974-1976

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Garifuna (Caribbean people)


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