Breaking ties with deceased spouse

The Realm of the Extra Human: Agents and Audiences Mouton The Hague & Paris Published In Pages: 217-231
By Rosenblatt, Paul C., Walsh, R. Patricia, Jackson, Douglas A.


This paper examines death customs meant to break ties with a deceased spouse. The authors propose that remarriage rates are higher where these tie-breaking customs are practiced and that this association is stronger where sororate or levirate remarriage is practiced. Empirical support is found for these hypotheses.

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