Brain, James Lewton. Matrilineal descent and marital stability: a Tanzanian case

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

Title: Matrilineal descent and marital stability: a Tanzanian case

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of Asian and African studies -- Vol. 4, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher Journal of Asian and African studies -- Vol. 4, no. 2 Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill. 1969. 122-131 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication James Brain

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2020. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Luguru (FN32)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Residence (591); Rule of descent (611); Lineages (613); Real property (423); Family relationships (593); Termination of marriage (586); Basis of marriage (581); Regulation of marriage (582); Gender status (562); Cousins (605);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This study argues that marriage in Luguru society tends to be stable for the first twenty-or-so years, after which the rate of divorce rises rapidly as mothers leave to live with their sons and brothers. This pattern has to do with the internal dynamics of matrilineal descent and land tenure systems. The culturally-preferred residence pattern upon marriage is uxorilocal (the husband moves to live in the natal village of his wife). After the birth of the first child, however, the husband will prefer to rejoin his matrilineage where he holds land. The wife either stays behind on her own or moves with her husband. If she decides the later, the wife will have yet another decision to make later on, when her son marries and move out to live with his mother’s lineage. While these cycles might cause family separation and even divorce, the author underscores that one should not necessarily consider Luguru marriage as structurally unstable.

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. fn32-004

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. 130-131)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1965-1966

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2020

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1953-1966

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

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

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