On a method of investigating the development of institutions: applied to laws of marriage and descent

Readings in Cross-Cultural Methodology Published In Pages: 1-25
By Tylor, Edward B.


This paper, the first cross-cultural study published in 1889 (reprinted here) asserts that tabulation and classification are important methodological tools to study anthropological subjects. The author investigates the development of institutions of marriage and descent, tabulating data on residence, descent, kinship terminology, wife capture, and exogamy.


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Ethnographic Reports

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