I am indebted to Charlotte Swanson Otterbein for her helpful comments and criticisms on this paper.
The Developmental Cycle of the Andros Household: A Diachronic Analysis†
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1970 American Anthropological Association
Volume 72, Issue 6, pages 1412–1419, December 1970
How to Cite
Otterbein, K. F. (1970), The Developmental Cycle of the Andros Household: A Diachronic Analysis. American Anthropologist, 72: 1412–1419. doi: 10.1525/aa.1970.72.6.02a00140
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Accepted for publication 28 October 1969.
- family organization;
- New World Negro;
- social change;
- developmental cycle
This study focuses on the changes in house-hold composition that have occurred during the past decade in four villages located on southern Andros, Bahamas. A diachronic analysis of the changes that have occurred in the Andros household is presented, using as its methodology a statistical comparison of two censuses taken seven years apart. The statistical data fail to confirm the “typical” Andros developmental cycle, which had been derived from adult life histories (the historical method) and from frequency distributions of household types at one point in time (the cross-sectional method). The existence of many different possible household cycles probably explains this failure.