Kinship and Marriage in a New Guinea Village

Kinship and Marriage in a New Guinea Village

Kinship and Marriage in a New Guinea Village

Kinship and Marriage in a New Guinea Village

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I wish to express my thanks to Professor J. A. Barnes, Dr M. J. Meggitt,Dr C. Jayawardena, and Mrs W. M. Balding, each of whom read andcriticized parts of the MS of this book.

The work was finished in 1960, and the delay in publication has beenbeyond my control. Had I been writing the concluding sections of Chapter 2 now I would not have lumped all non-unilineal systems together.Certainly they have factors in common, but there are also importantdifferences. Among the To'ambaita of Malaita a man is free to choose hisdistrict group, and among the Busama he can choose his club group. InMalaita, however, the limiting factor is still descent, as in societies with aunilineal system--although the descent is not restricted to a single line--whereas in Busama descent does not enter into the situation. Here thelimiting factor is the existence of a relationship tie, which may be genealogical or affinal, with some person already accepted as a member of thedesired group.

I. H.

Department of Anthropology
University of Sydney
19 March 1962 . . .

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