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Family Life

Allen Johnson

in Families of the Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232419
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232419.003.0004
Family Life

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This chapter explores the development of Matsigenka Indians character and interpersonal relations in household-centered families. It explains that the main dilemma of Matsigenka family life is balancing the selfish and willful desires of the individual against the compromises required for life in household and hamlet. It discusses the emphasis on the independence of individuals and nuclear families which runs counter to the common anthropological position that individualism is an egocentric, Western cultural bias.

Keywords: Matsigenka Indians; household-centered families; interpersonal relations; selfish desires; wilful desires; hamlet; nuclear families; individualism; Western cultural bias

Chapter.  20675 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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