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AuthorBuschkens, Willem F. L. author
TitleThe Family System of the Paramaribo Creoles [electronic resource] / by Willem F. L. Buschkens
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1981
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-7784-9
Descript XV, 325 p. 6 illus. online resource

SUMMARY

1.1. General In this book the family life of the lower-class Creole population of 1 Paramaribo will be discussed. This group, which will henceforward be referred to as "the lower-class Creoles", possesses a "West Indian" family system, implying that the latter display all the main characteristics of the Caribbean Afro-American family. The Creoles constitute a numerically important ethnic segment of the society of Surinam. This society is composed of different ethnic groups, comprising, besides a handful of Amerindians, an "immigrant population" including people from many different parts of the world. It is made up of Creoles, Indians (or Hindustanis, as they are called in Surinam), Indonesians (Javanese), Chinese, Europeans, Lebanese and Bush Negroes, the latter of whom still live predominantly in tribes. The Creoles are the descendants of those Negro slaves brought to Surinam from Africa who did not escape from bondage by running away from the plantations into the Bush, as their brothers the Bush Negroes did. The circumstances under which the bulk of the slaves lived were appalling. Nor were they - or are they still in p̃ at present - much better for their descendants the lower-class Creoles


CONTENT

1. Introduction -- 1.1. General -- 1.2. Social Research in Surinam -- 1.3. The West Indian Family System -- 1.4. The Situation in Surinam -- 2. Surinam -- 2.1. Geography -- 2.2. Political Development -- 2.3. History of Agriculture -- 2.4. Other Sectors of the Economy -- 2.5. The Demographic Situation -- 2.6. The Creoles -- 3. The Research -- 3.1. The Place of Research -- 3.2. The Method of Research -- 4. The Initial Period of Settlement of the Plantation Colony Up to the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1808 -- 4.1. Population -- 4.2. The Organization of Slavery -- 4.3. The Family Life of the Slaves -- 4.4. Government, Private and Church Interference in the Family Life of Slaves -- 4.5. The Family Life of the Masters and the free Mulattoes and free Negroes -- 5. The Period from 1808 Up to Emancipation in 1863 -- 5.1. General -- 5.2. The Dwindling Slave Force -- 5.3. Measures for the Improvement of the Slavesโ{128}{153} Family Life and Reproductive Capacity -- 5.4. Man-Woman Relationships among the Slaves -- 5.5. The Family Life of the Free Population -- 6. The Post-Emancipation Period -- 6.1. General -- 6.2. The Rural Exodus of the Creole Population -- 6.3. The Creole as Gold Digger and Balata Bleeder -- 6.4. Other Creole Occupations -- 6.5. Unemployment -- 6.6. The post-Emancipation Family System -- 7. The Situation after World War II -- 7.1. General -- 7.2. Characteristic Features of the Sample Population -- 7.3. The Present Socio-Economic Conditions -- 8. The Nature of Unions and the Household Structure -- 8.1. General -- 8.2. Alternative Unions between Men and Women -- 8.3. The Structure of Households -- 8.4. Unmarried Women and Women not Living in Concubinage and their Children -- 9. The Functioning of the Family System -- 9.1. General -- 9.2. The Desire for Children -- 9.3. Birth Control -- 9.4. Traditional Practices in Connection with Pregnancy and Childbirth -- 9.5. Childhood -- 9.6. Adulthood -- 9.7. Old Age -- 9.8. Death -- 10. Final Remarks -- 10.1. General -- 10.2. The West Indian Family System of Paramaribo as an Adaptation Model -- Appendix 1. Letter of Introduction explaining the Nature of the Research -- Appendix 2. The Questionnaire -- Appendix 3. Tables Aโ{128}{147}R not inserted in the text -- Appendix 4. Interview Scheme B.O.G. Sample -- Biblography


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