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Chapter 9

ANT 176 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Bride Price, Nuclear Family, Dowry


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANT 176
Professor
Larkin
Chapter
9

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Chapter 9
Levirate
The custom whereby a man marries the widow of a deceased brother
Sororate
The custom whereby when a man's wife dies her sister is given to him as a wife
Monogamy
A rule that permits a person to be married to only one spouse at a time
Polygamy
A rule allowing more than one spouse
Polygyny
A rule permitting a man to have more than one wife at a time
Polyandry
A rule permitting a woman to have more than one husband at a time
Sororal polygyny
A form of polygyny in which a man marries sisters
Fraternal polyandry
A custom whereby a woman marries a man and his brothers
Bride service
The cultural rule that a man must work for his bride's family for a variable length of time
either before or after the marriage
Bridewealth
Goods presented by the grooms kin to the brides kin to legitimize a marriage (formally
called bride price)
Dowry
Presentation of goods by the brides kin to the family of the groom or to the couple
Nuclear family
A family organized around a conjugal tie (the relationship between husband and wife)
and consisting of a husband, a wife, and their children
Conjugal tie
The relationship between a husband and wife formed by marriage
Extended family
Family based on blood relations extending over three or more generations
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