A House that Lacks a Man, Lacks Respect
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In 1967 Peter Rivière wrote an article entitled 'The Honour of Sánchez'. The article was prompted by two significant works in anthropology in print at the time: the volume edited by Peristiany, Honour and Shame: The Values of Mediterranean Society (1965), and Oscar Lewis's book The Children of Sánchez (1961, Spanish edition 1965). More specifically, Riviére responded to a call from Pitt-Rivers that '[a] comparison of the values and symbolism of honour in Spain and in the New World is badly needed' (quoted in Riviére 1967), while at the same time wishing to 'see how far the type of ethnography produced by Oscar Lewis is amenable to sociological analysis' (1967: 569). 1 Thus he sets himself the task of analysing The Children of Sánchez in terms of honour and shame.