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Gender, Marriage and Kinship 3. Unilineal b. Matrilineal 4. Conclusion Belief Systems A. Introduction B. Theoretical Approaches C. World View Left off talking about different types of unilineal descent. If there is descent traced through males, then there should be descent traced through females and this is matrilineal descent. It is found in about 15% of the worlds cultures. A couple of examples: Cherokee, Nayar, Navajo. The way that matrilineal descent works is that descent follow from children to females. Males belong but they belong to their mother’s matrilineal descent. In societies with matrilineal descent women own property and they have a great deal of economic power. Translating economic power into social importance. A logical spousal relationship for ego is ego’s mother’s brother’s daughter. When you look at unilineal descent you see a completely different relationshipo between parents and children. Notice that in matrilineal descent what matters most is the womb from which the children come; the biological passer of sperm is lesser of importance. With matrilineal descent the father becomes less important than his mother. In Nayar marriage women grow up in a large household of sisters and borthers. Nayar marriage makes perfect sense in matrilineal descent; there is always a male in the upper generation responsible for raising the children. When we talk about family values its hard to pinpoint what that means because cross culturally families are very diverse. The obligations change from culture to culture, so it’s important to be culturally relative of different ways of living.
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