On the absence of descent groups among some Udayars of south India

  title={On the absence of descent groups among some Udayars of south India},
  author={G. Burkhart},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  pages={31 - 61}
  • G. Burkhart
  • Published 1976
  • History
  • Contributions to Indian Sociology
A review of Indian ethnography reveals that there has been considerable variation in the application of basic analytical terms such as ’descent’, ’lineage’, and ’clan’ and that the loose use of these terms has tended to cause the analysis of groups with what has often been termed ’weak’ or ’shallow’ descent organization to be either neglected or falsely explained away as exceptional. In this paper I analyze certain aspects of kinship among one such 

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