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Kinship and Class in the West Indies : A Genealogical Study of Jamaica and Guyana - Raymond T. Smith

Kinship and Class in the West Indies

A Genealogical Study of Jamaica and Guyana

Paperback Published: 12th November 1990
ISBN: 9780521396493
Number Of Pages: 220

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Is a family system that permits freedom to enter, dissolve, and re-enter sexual unions, that tolerates high illegitimacy rates, and allows a large proportion of households to be headed by women, viable, natural and healthy? This is an appropriate question to ask of many modern industrial societies in the 1980s. Yet a system with just those factors has been in place in the West Indies for 150 years. In this book, Raymond T. Smith explores the extensive family and kinship ties of West Indians in Jamaica and Guyana, and in so doing dispels many of the myths that exist about West Indian family life.

Introduction: assumptions, procedures, methods
Kinship, culture and theory
What is kinship in the West Indies?
The structure of genealogies
Marriage in the formation of West Indian society
Modern marriage and other arrangements
Sex role differentiation
Household and family
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ISBN: 9780521396493
ISBN-10: 0521396492
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 12th November 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33