Geertz, Hildred. The Javanese family: a study of kinship and socialization

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1. Kinship In Javanese Society

2. The Setting

Chapter Two The Structure Of The Javanese Kinship System

1. Kinship Terminology

The Fundamental Pattern

Social Relationships: Respect And Familiarity

Conflict Between Respect Systems

Kinship Terms And Non-kinsmen

2. The Kindred And Affinal Relatives

Extent And Cohesiveness Of The Kindred

Rights And Duties Of Kinsmen

Affinal Relatives

3. Household Composition

Variations In Household Make-up

Adult Relatives In The Household

“borrowed” Children Of Kinsmen


The Central Role Of Women In Household Composition

4. Property Division At Divorce And At Death

The Settlement Process

Settlement At Divorce

Settlement At Death

5. Marriage

Marriage Arrangement

Selection Of Mate

Courtship And Engagement

Wedding Rituals And Festivities

Divorce And Remarriage

The First Months Of Marriage

6. The Structure Of Javanese Kinship

Chapter Three The Functioning Of The Javanese Kinship System

1. Customs Of Pregnancy And Childbirth

The Desire For Children

Abortion And Contraception

Customs And Taboos During Pregnancy

Traditional Childbirth Customs

Traditional Treatment Of Mother And Neonate

Modern Medically Trained Midwives

2. Infant Care And Training

General Treatment Of The Infant


Carrying The Baby

Nursing, Supplementary Feeding, And Weaning


Politeness Training

Learning To Walk

Toilet Training

Attiudes Toward Infantile Sexuality

Going To Sleep

Ritual Protections

3. Social Relationships In Childhood



Relationships With Others

Javanese Conceptions Of Maturity

The Javanese Value Of “respect”

Teaching And Enforcing Mature Behavior

4. Adolescence

5. Adulthood

Economic Co-operation Between Husband And Wife

Sexual Rights Of Spouses

Emotional Relationships Between Spouses


Old Age

6. Javanese Values And The Javanese Family

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

Title: The Javanese family: a study of kinship and socialization

Published By: Original publisher [New York]: Free Press of Glencoe. [1961]. 12, 176 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Hildred Geertz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Javanese (OE05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Kinship terminology (601); Kindreds and ramages (612); Kin relationships (602); Household (592); Termination of marriage (586); Social readjustments to death (768); Basis of marriage (581); Arranging a marriage (584); Pregnancy (843); Childbirth (844); Infant care (854); (86); Family relationships (593); Ethos (181); Adolescent activities (883); Adulthood (885); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Geertz examines in this source the nature of the contributions of the Javanese kinship system (bilateral with the nuclear family as the most important kinship group) to the stability and continuity of Javanese society. Her investigation in the town of Modjokuto includes an examination of the structure of the Javanese kinship system (including kinship terminology, kindred and affinal relatives, household composition, property division at divorce and death, marriage) and the functioning of the Javanese kinship system (including customs at pregnancy and childbirth, infant care and training, social relationships in childhood, adolescence, adulthood, Javanese values and the family). She concludes that "Certain diffuse, general social values provide legitimacy and meaning to familial institutions and serve as normative guides for the daily give-and-take among family members. These same social values may also be important elements in some non-familial institutions, such as the structure of authority and social control within the community." (p. 146) These social values include the Javanese concept of "respect" and "harmonious social appearances."

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. oe05-020

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 and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1952-1954

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. Del Childs ; Marlene Martin ; 1982

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1952-1954

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Javanese (Indonesian people)/Kinship//Ethnology--Java


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