Society and Politics

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:
Society and Politics

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This chapter focuses on Matsigenka Indian society and politics. It shows the remarkable extent to which their everyday lives and interactions focus on the hearth and homestead of the nuclear-family household, even in cases of hamlet living and polygynous marriage. It explains that in a family level society, the everyday social world varies between periods of dispersed nuclear-family living and aggregation in extended-family camps or hamlets.

Keywords: Matsigenka Indians; society; politics; nuclear-family household; hamlet; polygynous marriage; family level society; extended-family camps

Chapter.  17761 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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