Nuclear vs. Extended Family, Monogamy vs. Polygyny: Democracy vs. Non-Democracy? A Historical-Anthropological Look at Some Socio-Political Problems of Second and Third World Countries

Community, Identity and the State. Comparing Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Routledge New York Published In Pages: 14-41
By Bondarenko, Dmitri M., Korotayev, Andrey V.


Among societies with less than two levels of political hierarchy, those with large extended family structures will be less likely to have democratic communal leadership structures than those with nuclear family structures.


"Independent societies" refers to "monocommunal societies lacking any supracommunal levels of organization above them."


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Phi correlationSupportedp=0.003Phi= -0.23UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Family SizeIndependentHousehold
Leadership structureDependentCommunity Heads