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His sister's son. one clan, a group of clan brothers are supposed to act together, each contributing from his resources for the benefit of the member concerned. Arapesh society therefore explicitly relies upon groups of male who live, garden, and hunt together, pay heavily for the women whom they absorb into their organization, both by feeding them as children and by maintaining gift obligations to their kin If such a structure were observed* n practice thereafter. as it is in many primitive societies, notably Dobu we would have an example of small, politically autonomous groups cooperating within themselves and within definite territorial limits in maintaining order, and the economic obligations of individual members to outside groups similarly organized.

Compare is societies in another; that instead of the individual being able to establish and hold to one consistent set of habits toward other people, within a fixed or variable pattern he may be constrained con- tinually to alter his behavior; his conceptualization of competition may be very much affected by the competition of different loyalIs intragroup cooperation stressed with intergroup competition as an end? In Working Out the View of Life. What are the aims of (a) ties for his attention, etc.

Women tend the taro gardens, men the yam. These roles represent not much an adjustment to environmental conditions as a cultural expression of beliefs concerning the different kinds of potency so in men and women. The Arapesh, like the rest of the tribes in this region of New Guinea, have clans, dual divisions, infant betrothal, and formal economic obligations which must be observed between families related in marriage. Though the Arapesh have modified the functioning of these formal units in their own way, it is necessary understand their life to have a clear idea of these items in order to of their social structure.

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