Unilineal descent organization and deep christianization: a cross-cultural comparison

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 37 Published In Pages: 133-157
By Korotayev, Andrey V.


This article focuses on deep Christianization as a new predictor of the decline of unilineal descent, previously attributed to stratification, statehood and commercialization. Deep Christianization is suggested to be the key cause of the decline in unilineal descent organization, though in complex traditional societies, this holds true only when Christianity is backed by the state.


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Ethnographic Atlas (EA)CombinationOmits societies with < 85% agriculture and animal husbandry

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