Diversity and homogeneity in world societies

HRAF Press New Haven, CT Published In Pages: 190
By Bourguignon, Erika, Greenbaum, Lenora


Marital residence will vary according to world region (58).


Marital residence in 46% of all societies is patrilocal, with the highest proportions found in Africa (75%), East Eurasia (69%), and the Circum-Mediterranean (61%), and lowest in South America (14%). Worldwide, virilocal residence is second most prevalent, reaching a high of 44% in North America, 27% in South America, and 25% in the Insular Pacific. Uxorilocal residence is present in 32% of South American and 13% of North American societies, while neolocal, optional-ambilocal, matrilocal, and avunculovcal modes are all relatively rare worldwide.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Comparison of percentagesPartial support claimedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
World RegionIndependentIdentification, Location
Residence RuleDependentResidence