Marriage systems and pathogen stress in human societies

American Zoologist Vol/Iss. 30 Published In Pages: 325-339
By Low, Bobbi S.


This article examines the relationship between pathogen stress and polygyny. Results indicate that there is a positive association between the two that is not confounded by geographic region, latitude, population density, male-male competition, or presence of brideprice. In particular, pathogen stress precicts higher levels of non-sororal polygyny and capturing women for wives or concubines.

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