Conjunctive Affiliation and Divorce

A Modern Introduction to The Family The Free Press New York, NY Published In Pages: 469-478
By Ackerman, Charles


Sampling 62 societies from the HRAF database (32 bilateral, 21 patrilineal, 6 matrilineal, and 3 double-unilineal societies)the author asks whether divorce rates can be predicted by the descent systems or the network of marriage affiliations. Findings do not support the theory that divorce rates will be predicted by descent (patrilineal vs bilateral) - but they are more consistent with the idea that conjunctive affiliations are predictive of low divorce rates in bilateral societies. In lineal societies the levirate is used as an indicator.

Documents and Hypotheses Filed By:noah.rossen abbe.mccarter anj.droe