Marriage systems as reproductive strategies: cross-cultural evidence for sexual selection in man

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By Ayres, Barbara


The author argues for the use of sexual selection as a theoretical framework to give meaning to the various cross-cultural studies that show significant association between form of marriage (polygyny vs. monogamy) and other cultural, social, and personality variables. The author suggests that "marriage systems reflect individual reproductive strategies."


Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, New York, 1976

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