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Title: Strong cooperativeness and family reproductive ecology : an overview of the communitarian life among Totonacas from Mexico
Author: Espino, Ramón Patiño
ISNI:       0000 0001 3449 3585
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2008
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Young Kgoyomes (Indigenous Totonacas from the rural highlands of Huehuetla district in Mexico) were asked to state their principal moral values. The following 4 concepts in order represent 84% of their choices: (a) life, (b) close relatives, (c) money, and (d) health. The remaining 16% spread across 18 different concepts. At the level of intersexual dyads, the characteristics both sexes found most attractive in the other were: a) being a hard worker, (b) faithfulness, (c) prettiness/handsomeness, and (d) good-heartedness. These represented 58.7 % of men's preferences and 55.8 %> of women's in a prospective partner, with the remaining percentages split across 18 different characteristics. Such an affinity between the sexes has probably facilitated the "assortative" selection of a partner, producing marriages which are highly monogamous and harmonised for hard work. Another example of 'pro-social sentiment' is the precocious age at which they start to 'help at the nest', i.e. from 5 years old onwards, and by the age of 10, 58.4 % are already engaged in a variety of tasks for helping the family.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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