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The Developmental Cycle in Domestic Groups

The Developmental Cycle in Domestic Groups


Part of Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology

Meyer Fortes, J. D. Freeman, Jack Goody, Derrick J. Stenning, E. R. Leach
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  • Date Published: October 1971
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521096607

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  • Social scientists, when making their studies of the structure of family groups, have often observed the current situation of a particular group of families and drawn conclusions from that static picture. Valuable as many of these conclusions may be, they are incomplete because they overlook the important fact that the structure of the family changes. These changes can be fitted into a developmental cycle in which the family or group changes in composition from its original two members to a larger group and finally two again. This book, originally published in 1958, is introduced by a substantial essay and reviews the papers collected here and discusses the theoretical background and implications of the use of the concept of the developmental cycle. The papers each demonstrate how the changing structure of the domestic group may be seen to explain otherwise obscure elements of the particular society.

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    • Date Published: October 1971
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521096607
    • length: 154 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Meyer Fortes
    1. The family system of the Iban of Borneo J. D. Freeman
    2. The fission of domestic groups among the LoDagabas Jack Goody
    3. Household viability among the pastoral Fulani Derrick J. Stenning
    4. Concerning Trobriand clans and the kinship category Tabu E. R. Leach.

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    Jack Goody


    Meyer Fortes, J. D. Freeman, Jack Goody, Derrick J. Stenning, E. R. Leach

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