Matrifocal Family: Power, Pluralism and Politics

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The essays in this collection focus attention on the enormous contribution made by women in maintaining family relations in situations of both racial and gender domination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415912150
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond T. Smith is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He has studied kinship, class and race in Guyana, South America, Jamaica and Ghana, and has taught at universities in the West Indies, Canada and the United States, where he has been Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago since 1966. He is the author of Kinship and Class in the West Indies (1988), and co-author of Class Differences in American Kinship (1978).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Kinship and Family Structure
Ch. 2 Hypotheses and the Problem of Explanation 13
Ch. 3 Culture and Social Structure in the Caribbean 21
Ch. 4 The Matrifocal Family 39
Ch. 5 Hierarchy and the Dual Marriage System in West Indian Society 59
Ch. 6 Family, Social Change, and Social Policy in the West Indies 81
Pt. 2 Conflict and Difference: Race, Culture, and Politics
Ch. 7 Plural Society Theory 101
Ch. 8 Caste and Social Status Among the Indians of Guyana 111
Ch. 9 Race and Class in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean 143
Ch. 10 Living in the Gun Mouth: Race, Class, and Political Violence in Guyana 165
Ch. 11 On the Disutility of the Notion of "Ethnic Group" for Understanding Status Struggles in the Modern World 185
Notes 203
References 211
Index 227
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