Resource distribution, social competition, and mating patterns in human societies

Ecological Aspects of Social Evolution Vol/Iss. 14 Princeton University Press Princeton, NJ Published In Pages: 217-243
By Flinn, Mark V., Low, Bobbi S.


Marriage of the father's brother's daughter will be more common in societies with patrilocal residence (239).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi squareSupportedp<.001UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Father's Brother's Dauther MarriageDependentRegulation Of Marriage
Patrilocal ResidenceIndependentResidence

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Flinn, Mark V.Marriage of the mother's brother's daughter will be most common in societies with avunculocal residence (240).
Homans, George C."Societies in which marriage is allowed or preferred with mother's brother's daughter but forbidden or disapproved with father's sister's daughter will be societies possessing patrilineal kin groups [matrilineal societies prefer FSD marriage]" (223).
Goody, JackThe following variables are dependent upon diverging devolution (transmission of property to both males and females): greater control of womens' marriage (prohibition of premarital sex, endogamy, father's brother's daughter marriage, monogamy, alternative residence) and by extension Eskimo kinship terminology which isolates the sibling group form "cousins" (296)
Flinn, Mark V.With marriage of the father's sister's daughter, father-to-son nepotism will also entail mother's brother (husband's father) to sister's daughter (son's wife) nepotism (240).
Roes, Frans L.Active high gods will be more likely in societies with patrilocal marital residence, patrilineal descent, and transfer of wife to husband’s group after marriage (321). This will be true when individually controlling for society size (jurisdictional hierarchy), stratification, region, and religion.