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Ponapean Matriliny: Production, Exchange, and the Ties That Bind

Glenn Petersen
American Ethnologist
Vol. 9, No. 1 (Feb., 1982), pp. 129-144
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/644316
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Matriliny is commonly associated in ethnological theory with matrilocality and female subsistence tasks and is assumed to break down when changes occur in residence, land tenure, and the division of labor. Examination of Ponapean matriliny, which has apparently depended upon neither matrilocality nor female subsistence production, suggests that, alternatively, matrilineal organization plays an especially effective role in forging social and exchange ties and does not necessarily disintegrate under pressure from such changes. [matriliny, exchange, division of labor, Micronesia]

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