Patricia Skyhorse

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Chuukese residence controversy

Skyhorse, Patricia. 1998 Adoption as a strategy on a Chuukese atoll History of the Family 3(4): 429-439.

Skyhorse, Patricia. 2003. Residence on Romonum Revisited. Ph.D. Dissertation. Social Networks Program. University of California, Irvine.

Abstract. Land is a scarce resource on Romonum and other islands in Chuuk. The question of where to live is an important one. Although Chuuk is a matrilineal culture, attempts to explain residence in terms of lineality have failed. This study looks at residence and distance to land title, residence and kinship relations, position in the sibling set of title-holders, and the issue of nuclear vs. extended families. The basis for decisions about where to reside is not determined by gender or biology. This study looks at residence decisions of couples in terms of their relationship to land title-holders, residence decisions of couples in terms of kinship and residence, the issue of nuclear vs. extended families, and position in the sibling set of title-holders. The information in this dataset spans forty-one critical years in terms of changes in Chuuk and in the rest of the world. In this study the variable distance from title-holder is defined. It turns out that is possible to predict (with a small margin for error) where a couple will go to live. The couple will go to live with the family of the partner who is closest to a title-holder.

pdf (12/4/2002 early draft): to be replaced.

Patricia Skyhorse and Douglas White. 1997. Parenté Suite User's Guide, Vol. 1.

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