Unilocal residence and unilineal descent: a reconsideration

World Cultures Vol/Iss. 15 Published In Pages: 79-110
By Korotayev, Andrey V.


This study focuses on the development of unilineal descent, reviewing previous theories and testing additional factors to explain the relationship between unilineal descent and unilocal residence. Results suggest four key factors leading to a low association between these two variables: insufficient alternatives to unilocal residence rule, instability of communal composition, absence of sedentary settlement pattern, and small average community size. A model linking all variables from the paper is presented.

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