The Westermarck-Freud Incest-Theory Debate: An Evaluation and Reformulation

  title={The Westermarck-Freud Incest-Theory Debate: An Evaluation and Reformulation},
  author={David H. Spain},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={623 - 645}
The traditional view that Westermarck and Freud held utterly opposed ideas about incest is here rejected. It is argued, instead, that their views were far more similar than is usually acknowledged and, moreover, that their theories can be combined to yield a more comprehensive model. This new synthesis is used in the evaluation of certain classic cases in the anthropological incest literature, including especially the studies by Wolf and Shepher of marriage in Taiwan and Israel, respectively… Expand
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