Bridewealth and dowry in Africa and Eurasia

Bridewealth and Dowry Cambridge University Press Cambridge Published In Pages: 1-58
By Goody, Jack


The incidence of bridewealth decreases along a kin group scale with highest incidence in patrilineal and then double descent kin groups, matrilineal kin groups, and finally lowest incidence in bilateral groups. The less frequent marriage transactions, dowry and gift exchange, are not associated with any particular kin group. Absence of any transactions is related to kin groups in the reverse order of the bridewealth-kin group relationship (51)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Comparison of percentagesSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Kin GroupsIndependentRule Of Descent
Mode Of MarriageDependentMode Of Marriage