Bastards -- long (Was: how many bastards are there, anyway?)

Lars Eighner (
4 Sep 1996 00:44:59 -0500

In our last episode <50htqu$>,
Broadcast on alt.folklore.urban,sci.anthropology
The lovely and talented (tara nikole armijo-prewitt) wrote:

>In article <>, Lars Eighner <> wrote:
>>><> wrote:
>>>What happens in the cultures you have in mind when a husband finds out
>>>about the trysts? What cultures, in fact, are you describing?
>>He is delighted, especially if there is some prospect of offspring.
>>The biological father's family will almost certainly attempt to
>>ransom the child. [snip]
>This sounds like cool stuff. Can you suggest a few books or articles I
>could get to read up on these societies?

You could start with whatever text they use for the kinship and marriage
course at unm. Here are few more basics. I don't endorse them
all in every detail. But for opening yourself to some understanding
of how it is possible that other people have different ways of
organizing themselves, these should give you a start:

(LC=Library of Congress call number; DD=Dewey Decimal call
number; ISBN=International Standard Book Number.)

Colson, Elizabeth (1917- ). Marriage and Family among
the Plateau Tonga of Northern Rhodesia.
(Manchester: 1958).
Driberg, J.M. The Lango: A Nilotic Tribe of Uganda
(London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1923) DD:572.967.615
Eighner, Lars (1948- ). Gay Cosmos. (New York: Hard Candy, 1986)
Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evan (1902-1973) The Azande:
History and Political Institutions (Oxford:
Clarendon Press, 1971) xviii, 444 p., 6 plates;
illus., geneal. tables, maps, ports. 23 cm.
Bibliography: p. (436)-439 LC:DT 132 E78
Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evan (1902-1973), editor. Man
and Woman Among the Azande. (London: Faber and
Faber, 1974) 197 p. illus. 23 cm. Bibliography:
p. 14-15. LC:DT 132 E79
Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evan (1902-1973) Witchcraft,
Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande. Abridged with
an Intro. by Eva Gillies (Oxford: Clarendon Press,
1976) xxix, 265 p.; 22 cm. Includes index.
Bibliography: p. (255)-257. LC:DT 133 A95 E92
Ford, Clellan Stearns (1909- ) and Frank Ambrose Beach
(1911- ). Patterns of Sexual Behavior With a
foreword by Robert Latou Dickinson (New York:
Harper, 1951) viii, 307 p. map, diagrs. 25 cm.
Bibliography: p. 293-300. LC:GN 484.3 F67
Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939). Three Essays on the Theory
of Sexuality. (New York: Basic Books, 1975,
c1962) xli, 130 p.; 21 cm. LC:HQ 21 F8 1975.
Uniform title: Drei Abhandlungen zur
Sexualtheorie. English. (with an introductory
essay by Steven Marcus; translated and newly
edited by James Strachey).
Gagnon, John H. and William Simon, editors. Sexual
Deviance, (New York: Harper & Row, 1967). pbk.
Gamble, David P. The Wolof of Senegambia, Together with
Notes on the Lebu and the Serer. (London:
International African Institute, 1967, c1957)
Includes bibliographies. LC:DT 549 G3 1967.
Herdt, Gilbert H. (1949- ). Guardians of the Flutes:
Idioms of Masculinity (New York: McGraw-Hill,
c1981) xviii, 382 p.: map (on lining papers); 24
cm. Includes indexes. Bibliography: p. 355-368.
LC:GN 671 N5 H44.
July, Robert William. A History of the African People,
3d ed. (New York: Scribner, c1980) xxii, 794 p.:
ill.; 24 cm. Includes bibliographies and index.
DD:960 J949H. ISBN:0684162911 &:0684164116 (pbk.)
Malinowski, Bronislaw (1884-1942) The Sexual Life of
Savages in North-Western Melanesia: An
Ethnographic Account of Courtship, Marriage, and
Family Life Among the Natives of the Trobriand
Islands, British New Guinea with a preface by
Havelock Ellis, 3d ed., (London: G. Routledge &
Sons, Ltd., 1932) l, 505, (1) p. front., illus.
(plan) plates, maps. 26 cm. LC:HQ 504 M36 1932A.
Robert Mond expedition to New Guinea, 1914-1918.
(With a grain of salt.)
Maquet, Jacques Jerome Pierre (1919- ). The Premise of
Inequality in Ruanda: A Study of Political
Relations in a Central African Kingdom. (London:
Published for the International African Institute
by the Oxford University Press, 1961) vii, 199 p.
ill., ports., maps; 23 cm. Bibliography: p.
(186)-194. LC:GN 654 M3.
Oboler, Regina Smith, (1947- ) Women, Power, and
Economic Change: The Nandi of Kenya. (Stanford,
Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1985) xiv, 348
p.: ill.; 23 cm. Includes index. Bibliography:
p. (329)-337. LC:DT 433.545 N34 O26 1985
Radcliffe-Brown, Alfred Reginald (1881-1955) and Daryll
Forde, editors. African Systems of Kinship and
Marriage (London: Published for the International
African Institute by the Oxford University Press,
1960) viii, 399 p. illus., maps. 22 cm.
Bibliographical footnotes. DD:392 R116A.
Schapera, Isaac (1905- ). The Khoisan Peoples of South
Africa: Bushmen and Hottentots. (London: R. & K.
Paul, 1960) xi, 450 p. 26 plates, 2 fold, maps. 23
cm. Bibliographical footnotes. Bibliography: p.
439-445. DD:572.968 SCH16K.

[The following 3 are easy reading but dubious scholarship]

Turnbull, Colin M. The Forest People. (Garden City,
N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1962, c1961). xii, 305 p.,
(7) leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 19 cm. LC:DT
650 B36 T87 1962.
Turnbull, Colin M. The Lonely African. (New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1968, c1962). LC:DT 647 T8
1968. 251 p. illus. 22 cm.
Turnbull, Colin M. The Mountain People. (New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1972) 309 p. photos. 22 cm.
LC:DT 434 U2 T82. ISBN:671213202.

Ware, Caroline Farrar (1899- ). Greenwich Village
1920-1930. DD:309.97471 W22G 1965.
Williams, F.E., Papuans of the Trans-Fly. (Oxford:
Clarendon, 1936).

[The following is especially good.]

Wilson, Monica Hunter. Good Company: A Study of
Nyakyusa Age-Villages. (Boston: Beacon Press,
1963) 278 p., (17) p. of plates: ill., maps; 21
cm. Includes index. Bibliography: p. (275)-276.
DD:572.9678 W695G. (=HRAF FN17 NGONDE 1:WILSON.)

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