Reading Annotation 5 When Brothers Share a Wife

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Reading Annotation #5 October 17, 2006 Student name : Evan Schweigel Article title : When Brothers Share a Wife Author : Melvyn C. Goldstein Article topic and main points : Melvyn Goldstein’s piece discusses the practice of fraternal polyandry in Tibet, in which a group of brothers take one woman to be their wife and proceed to live as a single cooperative family. He describes the everyday routine that allows for such a family structure to survive and examines the history and social conditions that such an institution could develop and thrive in. The eldest brother in such a marriage is usually the head of the household, but all of the brothers share equally in work and sexual access to the wife, although the eldest brother sometimes takes a more dominant role. All the offspring produced by the wife are considered all the brothers’ children, even if it is known that one of the brothers is the biological father. This produces only one set of heirs, eliminating any squabbling that might have existed between multiple fathers’ children. Goldstein considers two theories – a shortage of females and the fear of starvation
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