A cross-cultural test of the proximity hypothesis

Behavior Science Notes Vol/Iss. 7 Published In Pages: 243-263
By Witkowski, Stanley


This paper tests the proximity hypothesis (used by Murdock [1949]) which posits that residential propinquity will be associated with parent-in-law avoidance and kin terminology. Several operational hypotheses are tested but none are supported. The author suggests that this finding may cast doubt other hypotheses that underlie Murdock’s findings, such as the participation hypothesis.


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