Marital residence among foragers

Current Anthropology Vol/Iss. 45 Published In Pages: 277-284
By Marlowe, Frank W.


This article challenges an earlier finding that hunter-gatherers are predominantly virilocal in residence. The author presents new tests of marital residence including early patterns in marital residence; results suggest that foragers are more multilocal than nonforagers. The author theorizes that bride service, food acquisition methods, small population size, little accumulated wealth, and low frequency of warfare among foragers could all influence the tendency toward multilocal residence.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Sample was limited to foraging societies

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