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The Hidden FrontierEcology and Ethnicity in an Alpine Valley$
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John Cole and Eric Wolf

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520216815

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520216815.001.0001

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Kith and Kin

Kith and Kin

(p.233) Chapter X Kith and Kin
The Hidden Frontier

John W. Cole

Eric R. Wolf

University of California Press

This chapter seeks to understand the relations that structure the public domain, the ways in which villagers in St. Felix and Tret manage kinship relations of consanguinity and affinity and ties with kith—friends and neighbors. It notes that the two villages converge in social practices that resolve common ecological problems, but diverge in the social ends to which their patterns of behavior are directed. They resemble each other in the outward form of domestic groupings and in the ways in which affines are recruited into kin groups. However, St. Felix and Tret differ in the ways authority is exercised and obeyed, as well as in the ways domestic groups relate to each other through cooperation or competition. The chapter examines domestic groups, authority, marriage, and associations.

Keywords:   St. Felix, Tret, kinship relations, consanguinity, affinity, domestic groups, marriage

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