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Title:Spreading the Risk: The Principle of Laterality in Chopi Society
Author:Webster, David
Year:1977
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:47
Issue:2
Pages:192-207
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:Chopi
marriage
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158738
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1977-047-00-000015
Abstract:Examines the place of the systems of carriage, divorce, and succession in the socio-cultural matrix which, among the Chopi, gives rise to an egocentric rather than sociocentric emphasis which is unusual in southern Africa. Sections: marriage, affinity and alliance among the Chopi - inheritances and succession. The author demonstrates that the ephemeral nature of social relationships that characterises social life for the Chopi derives from the interaction of a number of factors, among the most important of which being the marriaga rules, which ensure that various members of the same descent group have widespread and individuated alliances with, therefore, the potential for mobility. Notes, ref., résumé en français.
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