On the development of unilineal descent

Journal of Anthropological Research Vol/Iss. 30 Published In Pages: 69-94
By Ember, Carol R., Ember, Melvin, Pasternak, Burton


This article tests some conditions that may lead to the emergence of unilineal descent, focusing on unilocality and warfare. Unilineal descent is thought to be likely in a unilocal society without a centralized political system that is experiencing intra- or inter-societal warfare. The authors also posit that a "clan" system usually develops prior to a "lineage" system.


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