Anderson, Jon W.. Social structure and the veil: comportment and the composition of interaction in Afghanistan

Table of Contents

Publication Information

Paragraph Subjects (OCM)

Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: Social structure and the veil: comportment and the composition of interaction in Afghanistan

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Anthropos -- Vol. 77, no. 3/4

Published By: Original publisher Anthropos -- Vol. 77, no. 3/4 Salzburg, Oesterreich: Zaunrith'sche Buch-, Kunst- und Steindruckerei. 1982. 397-320 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Jon W. Anderson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Pashtun (AU04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gender status (562); Social relationships and groups (571); Etiquette (576); Household (592); Sexuality (831); General sex restrictions (834);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Among the Ghilzai Pashtun of Afghanistan, women are veiled or secluded from those men in the society with whom there is a potential for marriage. According to Anderson avoidance is mutual between men and women; he says that …'men 'veil' too -- and cognate behaviors occur in other relationships where differentiation is deemphasized as the focus of interaction' (p. 397). Two forms of symbolism associated with the veil are HAJAH or extreme politeness and a 'rough' mode of interaction between individuals in which relationships are framed in terms of differences between participants. The author's interpretation of the ways in which the veil is used and the placement of the veil in the context of meaings seem to suggest that its significance is not so much to keep men and women apart but to bring them together by regulating the terms in which they are socially present. Changes in the practice are consistent with alterations of social contexts rather than with changes in ideas about the identities of men and women (p. 397).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 26

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. au04-026

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-420)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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. John Beierle ; 2001

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) Ghilzai Pashtun, Afghanistan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Pushtuns


Copy and paste a formatted citation or use one of the links below to export the citation to your chosen bibliographic manager.

Export a Citation