Ahern, Emily M.. Affines and the rituals of kinship

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Affines and the rituals of kinship

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Religion and ritual in Chinese society, edited by Arthur P. Wolf

Published By: Original publisher Religion and ritual in Chinese society, edited by Arthur P. Wolf Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. 1974. 279-307, 358 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Emily Martin Ahern

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Taiwan Hokkien (AD05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Place names (103); Culture summary (105); Kin relationships (602);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In contrast with the contradictory findings of other research conducted in Taiwan, Ahern describes rites of betrothal and marriage and relations between affines in a village where wife-givers appear 'distinctly superior' in ritual status to wife-takers' (p. 279). Ahern explains the presiding over of 'rituals of kinship' by powerful affines by their status as outsiders who are believed capable of fostering desirable social changes. Ahern suggests that the authority of affines and the great deference shown them stem from their inherent jural weakness in patrilineal society. Paradoxically, this weakness empowers them to aid those who have taken their daughters in marriage to make necessary transitions from one life-cycle role to another.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 22

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ad05-022

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliography

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1969-1970

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. M. A. Marcus

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Ch'i-nan village, Taipei hsien, Hai-shan region, Taiwan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Taiwanese


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