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The Nayars Today : Changing Cultures - C. J. Fuller

The Nayars Today

Changing Cultures

Paperback Published: 28th February 1977
ISBN: 9780521290913
Number Of Pages: 186

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The Nayars of Kerala, south-west India, unusually trace descent through the female line and, in the past, had a marriage system in which women were allowed several husbands simultaneously. This system has brought the Nayars continuing fame in anthropological circles. In this 1976 study, Dr Fuller analyses fieldwork data collected among Nayars in a village in southern Kerala, a region on which there is practically no modern anthropological information. In the final section of the book, Dr Fuller looks at the 'traditional' marriage system of the Nayars and offers some suggestions about its operation. He also discusses the collapse of the old joint-family system and, with the aid of his data from southern Kerala, proposes some arguments about the process of its disintegration. More fully than previous authors, he situates his analysis in its historical context throughout, as befits an account of a rapidly changing society.

List of illustrations
List of tables
'The Nobles of Malabar': foreign images of the Nayars
Introduction to the Nayas in Central Travancore
The Nayar kinship system in Ramankara
The Nayar marriage system in Ramankara
The 'traditional' Nayar marriage system
The disintegration of the matrilineal joint-family system
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ISBN: 9780521290913
ISBN-10: 0521290910
Series: Changing Cultures
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 28th February 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.24