Kyle Harbison Cultures Short Paper

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Kyle Harbison CM 1090 November 5, 2008 Humans and Culture Yako Double Descent Organization Because of the population size and density of the Yako people of Nigeria, certain social structures must exist in order to diminish the inevitability of tension and potential conflicts of interests. From what I can tell, the double descent social organization of the Yako is a device that does just that, for it seems to work towards a lot more than just exclusively classifying kinship. The complexity of this descent system leads me to believe that it enters into all social interactions, and thus encourages the success of the Yako people especially in the larger communities. The distinct jurisdiction of each patrilineal and matrilineal descent system creates order within such a great population density, and allows for a more efficient means of deferring any conflicts between people. There are other cultures around the world which reside in places with densities as large, or larger than the Yako such as our very own American culture, and yet do not use this form of descent. However, I believe these cultures cannot necessarily be fairly compared to the Yako for circumstances such as technology, lushness of available resources, affluence of the people, religious beliefs, etc. play a huge role in how people interact.
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course ME EM330 taught by Professor Stienstra during the Spring '10 term at Rose-Hulman.

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