Categories Anthropology I

I.2.4 Joint Family

Various types of families exist in different human societies such as joint family, extended family, nuclear family, patriarchal family, matriarchal family etc. Types of family are function of culture. Culture is never static and family structure must change Instances are not uncommon where matrilineal, matriarchal societies got changed into patrilineal and patriarchal once. Transition from […]

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Categories Anthropology IAnthropology II

I.2.3 Different ways of acquiring mate in primitive societies

Introduction : The tribes in India have a variety of ways of acquiring mates. Since the tribals consider their marriage, more or less, as a social and civil contract, many tribes do not perform religious ceremonies for the solemnization of marriage. Majumdar has listed the following eight ways through which the tribals acquire their mates. […]

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Categories Anthropology I

I.2.3 Incest taboo

Introduction : Incest means sexual relationship between close relatives, for example father-daughter, mother-son,brother-sister etc. Meaning and explanation Incest taboo is nothing to do with marriage. It prohibits mating and sex and thereby it indirectly affects the selection of a particular person as mate. It is a rule of prohibition of sexual relationship among certain primary […]

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Categories Anthropology I

I.2.3 Characteristics of marriage

Marriage and family are two aspects of the same social reality i.e. the bio-psychic and social instincts of man. Marriage is one of the most ancient, important, universal and indispensable social institution which has been in existence since the inception of human civilization. Marriage is a universal bio-psychic phenomenon existing in all societies of the […]

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