Kinship and Evolved Psychological Dispositions

  title={Kinship and Evolved Psychological Dispositions},
  author={M. Bloch and D. Sperber},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={723 - 748}
  • M. Bloch, D. Sperber
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology, Sociology
  • Current Anthropology
  • This article revisits the old controversy concerning the relation of the mothers brother and sisters son in patrilineal societies in the light both of anthropological criticisms of the very notion of kinship and of evolutionary and epidemiological approaches to culture. It argues that the ritualized patterns of behavior discussed by RadcliffeBrown, Goody, and others are to be explained in terms of the interaction of a variety of factors, some local and historical, others pertaining to general… CONTINUE READING
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