1st Edition

Marriage and Family Among the Yakö in South-Eastern Nigeria

Edited By Daryll Forde Copyright 1951
    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

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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.

    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