The Matrilocal Tribe: An Organization of Demic Expansion

Human Nature Vol/Iss. 22(1) Springer Publishing New York Published In Pages: 177-200
By Jones, Doug


In this article, the author argues that matrilocality is a form of social organization that is conducive to expansion in tribal societies with smaller populations. Because this organization increases internal solidarity and success in external warfare, the theory suggests that it is best suited for expansion on cultural frontiers by groups with small populations. The author supports this theory with empirical tests on 33 societies and case studies of Bantu and Austronesian expansion.

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