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Title:Afusare male/female relationship: implications for a structural study of symbolic warfare
Author:Salamone, Frank A.ISNI
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Opposite sex relationships among the Afusare (mistakenly called Jerawa), who are centered in the hills in the Jos Plateau, near the city of Jos, Nigeria, are characterized by marked hostility and suspicion in contrast with relatively peaceful same sex relationships. Three episodes, or frames, of male/female relationships in which hostility and suspicion are manifested (courtship and marriage, birth of a first child, and conjugal conflict) are explored. Afusare child-rearing practices and beliefs are discussed in order to understand the general pervasiveness of hostility and suspicion, especially as they differ for males and females. The author's thesis, in sum, is that 'male/female hostility is not 'natural' but cultural. The basic differences between males and females, however, can be culturally elaborated to symbolize culturally relevant messages. Those messages are systematically related to the basic underlying principles of the cultural system. Note, ref.