Hutchinson, Sharon Elaine, 1952-. Relations between the sexes among the Nuer: 1930

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

Title: Relations between the sexes among the Nuer: 1930

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Africa -- Vol. 50, no. 4

Published By: Original publisher Africa -- Vol. 50, no. 4 London: Oxford University Press. 1980. 371-387 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Sharon Hutchinson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Nuer (FJ22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Lineages (613); Ethnoanatomy (826); Puberty and initiation (881); Majority (884); Adulthood (885);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an erudite analysis of traditional Nuer gender relations based on ethnographic works from the 1930s. Hutchinson sees Nuer gender relations as complimentary and mediated by the symbolism of human blood, which women create but men control. Women attain adulthood at the birth of their first child, men at their initiation rite. Women's identity and status are rooted in their procreative powers, whereas men's are based on their wealth in cattle. Fertility is the essence of femininity and children are the source of women's self-fulfillment. Men's self-fulfillment lies in their cattle. Women are life givers; men are life protectors. Women are the source of new blood. Men control blood, symbolized by their their spears and the bleeding and sacrifice of cattle. The strongest Nuer tie is that between a mother and her children. The Nuer term for relationship is 'mar,' the word for mother. Hutchinson also discusses the metaphor of temperature, which is pervasive in Nuer thought.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 24

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. fj22-024

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 387)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1980-1992

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-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1930

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Nuer (African people)

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