Nuclear vs. Extended Family, Monogamy vs. Polygyny: Democracy vs. Non-Democracy? A Historical-Anthropological Look at Some Socio-Political Problems of Second and Third World Countries

Community, Identity and the State. Comparing Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Routledge New York Published In Pages: 14-41
By Bondarenko, Dmitri M., Korotayev, Andrey V.


Controlling for community type, the researchers examine a potential relationship between family size (nuclear vs. extended) and communal leadership (hereditary vs. elected) in an effort to suggest potential predictors of hierarchical structures in societies. They claim support for their hypothesis that societies with nuclear families will be more likely to have democratic communal leadership, across four different community types.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Variables 8 and 71

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