Kith and Kin

John W. Cole and Eric R. Wolf

in The Hidden Frontier

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780520216815
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922174 | DOI:
Kith and Kin

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This chapter seeks to understand the relations that structure the public domain, the ways in which villagers in St. Felix and Tret manage kinship relations of consanguinity and affinity and ties with kith—friends and neighbors. It notes that the two villages converge in social practices that resolve common ecological problems, but diverge in the social ends to which their patterns of behavior are directed. They resemble each other in the outward form of domestic groupings and in the ways in which affines are recruited into kin groups. However, St. Felix and Tret differ in the ways authority is exercised and obeyed, as well as in the ways domestic groups relate to each other through cooperation or competition. The chapter examines domestic groups, authority, marriage, and associations.

Keywords: St. Felix; Tret; kinship relations; consanguinity; affinity; domestic groups; marriage

Chapter.  11408 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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