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descent theory

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Descent or lineage theory explores the ways in which consanguineal (or blood) relations are structured in various societies. It is a central aspect of the study of kinship and has ...

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kinship

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A group of people who are genetically closely related by ties of blood and marriage or its equivalent, i.e., parents and children, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

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marriage systems

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Marriage has been an enduring subject of social research because it appears to be a universal human institution: some form of marriage system is present in all observed human societies. ...

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Meyer Fortes

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences.

(1906 –1983)

One of the British social anthropologists responsible for the dominance of structural-functionalism and descent theory in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Fortes was born...

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postmarital residence

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences.

An important variable in marriage systems and, consequently, in theories that explain social structure as a function of marriage alliances (see alliance theory). Postmarital residence...

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