Societal complexity and familial complexity: evidence for the curvilinear hypothesis

American Journal of Sociology Vol/Iss. 77 Published In Pages: 898-920
By Blumberg, Rae Lesser, Winch, Robert F.


This study investigates the relationship between societal complexity and familial complexity. Results suggest that the relationship is somewhat curvilinear; that is, in simpler societies more societal complexity is associated with a larger familial system, but the most developed societies have smaller familial systems. The demographic, economic, and politcal correlates of maximum family size are discussed.


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Ethnographic Atlas (EA)

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