Karo Batak Cousin Marriage, Cosocialization, and the Westermarck Hypothesis

  title={Karo Batak Cousin Marriage, Cosocialization, and the Westermarck Hypothesis},
  author={Geoff Kushnick and Daniel M. T. Fessler},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={443 - 448}
Among the Karo Batak of North Sumatra, Indonesia, marriages between matrilateral cross cousins (impal) are the ideal, yet rarely occur. Further, ethnographic accounts reveal a stated aversion to impal marriage. These observations are consistent with Westermarck’s “negative imprinting” hypothesis if impal are cosocialized. We present analyses of postmarital residence patterns from two studies of the Karo Batak. The analyses reveal that although individuals are likely to have been raised in close… Expand
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