The Classification of Double Descent Systems

  title={The Classification of Double Descent Systems},
  author={J. Goody},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={3 - 25}
  • J. Goody
  • Published 1961
  • Sociology
  • Current Anthropology
  • ONE OF THE commonest methods of classifying human societies is by their systems of descent, of which four varieties are usually distinguished: bilateral, patrilineal, matrilineal, and double descent. However, such a classification has different meanings for different anthropologists. The phrase "patrilineal descent" may refer to one or more among the following: the inheritance of property, succession to office, eligibility for membership in unilineal groups, or the degree of emphasis given to… CONTINUE READING
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