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Unformatted text preview: Bridewealth is common in Southeast Asian societies organised on cognatic descent . Prestige valuables exchanged in bridewealth differ physically but have several characteristics in common: 1. scarce 2. circulation controlled by senior men; young men must subordinate themselves and become obligated to their elders. 3. through this control senior men command the allocation of women’s labour power and fertility, their capacity as reproducers of humans. Dowry once common among European peasants and widespread in Asia, are characteristic of economies based on fixed-plot agriculture and feudal economic relations . Dowry is a pay-off to an out marrying wife of her rights over family estate. It provides a mechanism for political alliances between families (like in Malta )...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course ANTH 3303 taught by Professor Hadder during the Spring '11 term at Texas State.
- Spring '11