The establishment of identity in a social nexus: the special case of initiation ceremonies and their relation to value and legal systems

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 66 Published In Pages: 529-552
By Cohen, Yehudi A.


Socialization by parents and descent group members in addition to extrusion and/or brother-sister avoidance will be positively associated with the concept of joint liability.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi squareSupportedp<.001T=.91UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Brother-sister AvoidanceIndependentSocialization
Joint LiabilityDependentNONE
Socialization By Parents And Descent GroupIndependentSocialization

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Cohen, Yehudi A.Socialization by parents and non-members of a child's descent group in addition to no extrusion or brother-sister avoidance or rites of passage are positively associated with the concept of several liability
Cohen, Yehudi A."[Where] children are brought up by their parents and members of their descent group, and children are subjected to extrusion or brother-sister avoidance at first stage of puberty, joint [rather than several] liability will be found" (141)
Cohen, Yehudi A.Socialization by parents and members of child's descent group (vs. by parents and nondescent group members) will be positively associated with extrusion and/or brother-sister avoidance
Cohen, Yehudi A."If parents in a society try to bring up their children so that they will be anchored in the larger kin group instead of only within the family, . . . the rearing is shared by members of the children's descent group. . . . If the parents in a society try to bring up their children to be anchored within the family . . . these parents will have to insure that their children's upbringing remains principally in their own hands" (66-67)
Cohen, Yehudi A."[There is a] relationship between the agents of socialization and the presence or absence of unilineal descent groups and between [the latter] and experiences at the first stage of puberty [that is extrusion and/or brother-sister avoidance]" (71)