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The Anthropology of Marriage in Lowland South America
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The Anthropology of Marriage in Lowland South America: Bending and Breaking the Rules

Paul Valentine, Stephen Beckerman, and Catherine Alès

Abstract

Traditional treatments of marriage among indigenous people focus on what people say about whom one should marry and on rules that anthropologists induce from those statements. This volume is a cultural and social anthropological examination of the ways the indigenous peoples of lowland South America/Amazonia actually choose whom they marry. Detailed ethnography shows that they select spouses to meet their economic and political goals, their emotional desires, and their social aspirations, as well as to honor their commitments to exogamic prescriptions and the exchange of women. These decisions ... More

Keywords: lowland South America, Amazonia, agency, globalization, marriage rules

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054315
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054315.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Valentine, editor
University of East London

Stephen Beckerman, editor
University of Utah

Catherine Alès, editor
National Center for Scientific Research

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Contents

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Introduction

Paul Valentine and Stephen Beckerman

Part I

2 Marriages, Norms and Structures

Alexander Mansutti Rodríguez

Part II

4 Why Did They Marry?

François-René Picon

5 Beyond the Norms

Nalúa Rosa Silva Monterrey

7 Why Do Women Run Away?

Catherine Alès

Part III

11 Waorani Marriage

Pamela I. Erickson, Stephen Beckerman, James Yost, and Rosemary Diaz