Notes on technology and the moral order

The Advanced Studies Series Vol/Iss. n.a. Bobbs-Merrill Indianapolis Published In Pages: ??
By Gouldner, Alvin W., Peterson, Richard A.


Findings: Factor SC, "Sex Dominance", is bipolar. It loads heavily and positively (oblimax rotation) for matrilocal residence, monogamy, and more moderately for communal houses. High negative loadings are shown for polygyny, patrilocal residence, legendary heroes, and more moderately for government by restricted council (22)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Factor analysisSupportedNot ApplicableUNKNOWNUNKNOWN

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Nimkoff, M. F."…there is a relationship between residence patterns and division of labor by sex. Patrilocal patterns tend to be associated with economic dominance by males, matrilocal . . . by females" (42)
Divale, William Tulio"Uxorilocal or matrilocal residence should be correlated with houses that have larger living floor areas than houses where avunculocal or patrilocal residence is practiced" (299)
Gouldner, Alvin W.Findings: Factor A, "Apollonianism or Norm-Sending", has high positive loadings (oblimax rotation) for: elaboration of ceremony and ritual, organized priesthood, authority vested in judges, power vested in chief, government by restricted council, and attractiveness of future life. Highest negative loadings are for marriage by capture and domesticated animals other than herded.
Divale, William TulioUxorilocal and matrilocal residence should be correlated with community men's houses while they should be absent with avunculocal or patrilocal residence" (299)
Ember, MelvinSince in societies with sororal polygyny co-wives live together in the same house, it should also be true that sisters find it easier to live together when they are married to different men in matrilocal societies. I expected houses in matrilocal societies to have a larger living floor area than houses in patrilocal societies (177)