Rethinking polygyny: co-wives, codes, and cultural systems

Current Anthropology Vol/Iss. 29 Published In Pages: 529-558
By White, Douglas R.


This article "focuses on internal relationships in the organization of polygynous systems." The author presents new codes for polygyny and tests hypotheses regarding "complexes" of polygynous variables: wealth-increasing polygyny and sororal polygyny. It is asserted that polygyny is produced by a variety of factors and circumstances, and that regional historical, demographic, and ecological forces require attention in order to understand its acceptance and practice.

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