Baldus, Herbert, 1899-1970. The social position of the woman among the Eastern Bororo

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

Title: The social position of the woman among the Eastern Bororo

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Ensaios de etnologia Brasileira, by Herbert Baldus

Published By: Original publisher Ensaios de etnologia Brasileira, by Herbert Baldus Sao Paulo, Brazil: Companhia Editora Nacional. 1937. 112-162, 323-330 p., 16 plates (9-24) ill., [HRAF MS: 1, 1-53 p.]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Herbert Baldus

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Bororo (SP08)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Birth statistics (163); Ornament (301); Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Clans (614); Moieties (616); Sexual intercourse (833); Abortion and infanticide (847);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This essay has two purposes. In terms of the data, it seeks to demonstrate the social equality of Bororo women. In terms of method, it attempts to point out that our interpretation of a situation may be faulty if it does not include how the natives understand it and their reasons for behaving as they do. Baldus discusses infanticide, sexual behavior, sexual division of labor, and mythology to demonstrate the falsity of the European conclusion of a slavelike female status. Using brief comparisons with other cultures, he points out for instance, that female infanticide may be interpreted in two ways. It may show that males are more valued (and hence increases their proportion) or that females are (the fewer there are, the greater their value). So the reasons must be understood. He also mentions that contrary to other statements, female infanticide is not a Bororo institution. Thus his essay is both a description of social relations among the Bororo bolstered by evidence from a number of areas (values, sex, labor and myth) and a cautionary essay on interpretation.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. sp08-005

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 translation from Portuguese

Note: Translation of: A posiçao social da mulher entre os Bororo orientais.|The original Portuguese text is not included. Translated from the original Portuguese for the HRAF files by Ivana Lillios Male-female relations have been indexed for Gender Status (562).

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1934-1935

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. Martin Malone ; 1975

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Eastern Bororo; Sao José, Sangradouro, Coraçao de Jésus, and Meruri, Mato Grosso Province, Brazil

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Bororo Indians


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