Neglected Natural Experiments Germane to the Westermarck Hypothesis

  title={Neglected Natural Experiments Germane to the Westermarck Hypothesis},
  author={Daniel M. T. Fessler},
  journal={Human Nature},
  • D. Fessler
  • Published 2 October 2007
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Human Nature
Natural experiments wherein preferred marriage partners are co-reared play a central role in testing the Westermarck hypothesis. This paper reviews two such hitherto largely neglected experiments. The case of the Karo Batak is outlined in hopes that other scholars will procure additional information; the case of the Oneida community is examined in detail. Genealogical records reveal that, despite practicing communal child-rearing, marriages did take place within Oneida. However, when records… 
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