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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHRO 4300
Professor
Shenk
Semester
Fall

Description
Comparative Social Org  02/24/2014 Inheritance Virtually all societies have rules governing the transfer of property, rights, privileges and/of offices between  individuals and generations Types of rules correlate with the subsistence patterns and types of wealth in a society Inheritance rules can have profound effects on: Family size and gender composition Comparative investment in sons and daughters Who gets to marry and when Stratification and power dynamics within families and societies  Material property Animals Land movables (furniture, cookware, clothing, jewelry) Sacred objects  Offices King, chief, priest/priestess, family head, etc.  Rights/privileges/information To use of land held by corporate group Ritual knowledge  Names, titles, etc.  Strategies of Heirship: Ensuring Heirs High mortality and infertility often made not having an heir a significant concern in traditional societies  Strategies used to get heirs: Add wives Polygyny  Concubinage  Allow divorce and remarriage  Add children  Legal adoption  Expand eligibility for heirship  Allow daughters to inherit  Restricting Heirs  The desire to concentrate wealth in stratified societies often led to a concern about restricting heirship Limit by: Restrict marriage  Enforce monogamy and/or restrict divorce  Limit number of legal wives or reduce status of later wives Subtract children Distinguish between legit and illegitimate children Associated with monogamy  Contraception, abortion, infanticide, abandonment  Limit inheritance to certain children, usually by birth order or gender  La
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