Population, warfare, and the male supremacist complex

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 78 Published In Pages: 521-538
By Divale, William Tulio, Harris, Marvin


This study focuses on the factors associated with the development and persistence of an ideology of male supremacy. Authors identify several realms of culture that show a clear male preference and suggest that warfare is the most significant cause of the male supremacy complex in preindustrial societies. Authors hypothesize that warfare will be positively related to female infanticide. Results support this hypothesis. Another hypothesis relating diet to warfare and infanticide is provided, but not tested.


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Ethnographic Atlas (EA)

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