Collected Works by Stanislaw Lesniewski

By Stanislaw Lesniewski

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This is not surprising, given that many Mukogodo women were born and raised among other groups, and many of those who were born as Mukogodo had mothers, grandmothers, and other relatives from other groups. Indeed, because the rearing of small children is almost entirely a women's activity, notions about child rearing are likely to be more similar across these societies than any other aspect of culture. Yet, despite this cultural similarity, there is behavioral diversity: Mukogodo parents favor their daughters, but non-Mukogodo parents do not.

These little stories told students about how incredibly difficult cross-cultural communication can be, ranging from amusing anecdotes about variations in the meanings of hand gestures and in business etiquette across cultures to tragic stories such as the Japanese exchange student who was shot by a Louisiana home owner who feared a break-in when the student failed to "freeze" as told (he may have thought the man said "please") and the Nestle company's advertising of infant formula to women with access only to contaminated water.

By their very nonexistence such customs may suggest something about the constraints underlying cultural uniformity. , avunculocality). Because with matriJineality, property and positions of status are mostly inherited from a man to his sister's sons, such a residence pattern makes sense because it puts a man where he needs to be: with his mother's brother and other matrilineal kin. 15 Human Universals Human societies share a great many more features than just the absence of an obscure curiosity like amitalocality.

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