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Title:The Effect of Co-Residence of Sisters' Son on African Corporate Patrilineal Descent Groups
Author:Skinner, Elliott P.
Year:1964
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Volume:4
Issue:16
Pages:467-478
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:kinship
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1964.3723
Abstract:Illustration of how structural principles or cultural forms are manipulated and accomodated to the ongoing processes of social organization and social activities. One of the aspects of the close relationship so often noticed between mothers' brothers and their sisters' sons in African patrili-neal societies is a high degree of co-residence. Sisters' sons initially have a marginal, though privileged, position in their mothers' brothers' patrilineages, but as has been shown for the societies treated here: Mossi, Bwamba, Tiv, Nuer, and North Kavirondo, prolonged co-residence with these relatives results in their complete identification with them. Co-residence, especially when sanctioned by kinship ties, seems to be a stronger factor in blurring descent lines and fact' litating the absorption of sisters' patrilineages than the explicit ideology of lineage exclusiveness. References.
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