The function of male initiation ceremonies: a cross-cultural test of an alternative hypothesis

American Journal of Sociology Vol/Iss. 67(4) The University of Chicago Press Published In Pages: 379-386
By Young, Frank W.


This study investigates theories of male initiation ceremonies. The author examines a hypothesis related to child-rearing variables (sleeping arrangements and post-partum taboo) and rejects it based on empirical analysis. An alternative hypothesis related to male solidarity is offered.

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