The avunculate: a cross-cultural critique of Claude Levi-Strauss

Behavior Science Notes Vol/Iss. 5 Published In Pages: 97-115
By Ryder, James W., Blackman, Margaret B.


The authors test Levi-Strauss' theory of the avunculate, a special relationship between a mother's brother and his sister's son. They critique the theory on the grounds that many societies have a special relationship that could be called the avunculate but lack the other relationships predicted by Levi-Strauss.

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