Unformatted text preview: society. Secondly cross cousin marriages help maintain ties between social groups and keeps relationships harmonious, this is common in agricultural societies. So in a nutshell it’s for economic and political reasons. 5) Why is cross-cousin marriage important in a small-scale society, but not an important cultural practice in a large-scale society like the U.S.? Small scale societies are more hierarchical, and value rank in society on how much property one owns, also in smaller societies they have rules for how property must descend down the lineage. In a large society like America we also rank people by how much property one owns, but we make our own rules as to who should inherit land. In America we have something called a will where one can choose how to split their goods among all the people in the family of they can even give it to people outside the family....
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