American Ethnologist

personal power careers and the development of domestic structure in a small community

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Abstract

The traditional model of domestic development cycles (or family cycles) often proves problematic because it fails to distinguish the various dimensions (e.g., demographic, residential, economic) of the study unit. An alternative model is proposed which, by tracking the power careers of individual men and women, is able to generate the characteristic forms of family and household and patterns of economy and demography through time. It is suggested that this model might prove useful not only in projecting demographic composition but also in predicting political and economic stress points within small communities. [domestic cycle, social power, women's power, community structure, Middle America]

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