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Marriage and Family Among the Yakö in South-Eastern Nigeria

1st Edition

Edited by Daryll Forde


138 pages

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Originally published in 1951 this book analyses the social values and institutions involved in the establishment and maintenance of marital relationships. Most of the data is derived from Umor, the largest of the five Yakö villages. As well as considering the conventions through which mariatal values are expressed, the relation of marital status to the general structure of Yakö society is also discussed. The book also determines the extent to which the values posited by the Yakö themselves are actually operative and discusses the changing conditions which have modified traditional standars of marital behaviour.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Significance of the Kinship and Age Set Systems

3. Pre-Marital Relations and Betrothal

4. The Marriage Rites

5. Analysis of Marriage Rites

6. Seclusion of the Bride

7. Rites During the First Pregnancy

8. Frequency of Pre-Marital Pregnancy

9. Marriage Money: Libeman

10. The Establishment of a Household

11. Dissolution of a Marriage

12. Polygyny

13. The Relative Ages of Spouses

14. Fertility

15. Household and Family

About the Editor

Daryll Fforde from 1945 worked at University College London, and built a school of American-style cultural anthropology there, distinct from the social anthropology of British-trained contemporaries such as Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, Meyer Fortes and E. E. Evans-Pritchard.

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies