A worldwide view of matriliny: using cross-cultural analyses to shed light on human kinship systems

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Vol/Iss. 347(1780) The Royal Society Publishing Published In Pages: 1-12
By Surowiec, Alexandra, Snyder, Kate T., Creanza, Nicole


Matriliny/matrilocality is associated with reef density.


The presence of fishing and boat building are used as proxy variables. Neither one showed significant results against matriliny or matrilocality. The authors suggest that fishing and boat building are ultimately poor proxies for reef density, and they may need to resort to other proxies in order to test this hypothesis.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-SquareNot Supported (after Holm-Bonferroni Correction)see tableUNKNOWNOne tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
MatrilinyIndependentRule Of Descent
Boat BuildingDependentShipbuilding