The evolutionary significance of incest rules

Ethnology and Sociobiology Vol/Iss. 11 Published In Pages: 113-129
By Thornhill, Nancy Wilmsen


This article investigates incest rules, proposing that they are instituted by rulers as a way of preventing wealth-concentration among non-ruling families. Three hypotheses are derived and supported with empirical analysis. Two alternative evolutionary hypotheses are discussed and dismissed by the author.

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