Disappearance of the incest taboo: a cross-cultural test of general evolutionary hypotheses

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 91 Published In Pages: 116-131
By Leavitt, Gregory C.


Controlling for simple societies, incest taboo extension is negatively associated with military, transportation, and communication technology as well as economic differentiation, settlement size, and trade (116, 119, 124).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Spearman’s rank-order correlationSupportedp<.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN