Incest and exogamy: a sociobiological reconsideration

Ethnology and Sociobiology Vol/Iss. 1 Published In Pages: 151-162
By van den Berghe, Pierre L.


This article uses alliance theory and kin selection theory to examine the relationship between consanguineous marriage and descent system. The author argues that there is no relationship between the severity of incest taboos and the rules of exogamy or endogamy. A series of testable hypotheses regarding incest, marital, and descent rules are presented.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
World Ethnographic Sample (WES)

Hypotheses (1)

No novel statistical tests were performed for this study.UNKNOWN

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