A Survey of Non-Classical Polyandry

  title={A Survey of Non-Classical Polyandry},
  author={Katherine E. Starkweather and Raymond Hames},
  journal={Human Nature},
We have identified a sample of 53 societies outside of the classical Himalayan and Marquesean area that permit polyandrous unions. Our goal is to broadly describe the demographic, social, marital, and economic characteristics of these societies and to evaluate some hypotheses of the causes of polyandry. We demonstrate that although polyandry is rare it is not as rare as commonly believed, is found worldwide, and is most common in egalitarian societies. We also argue that polyandry likely… 
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