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polygyny

1. the practice or condition of being married to more than one wife at the same time
2. the practice in animals of a male mating with more than one female during one breeding season
3. the condition in flowers of having many carpels

polygyny

a form of plural marriage where a man has more than one wife. This is viewed as a strategy which allows powerful males to control reproductive resources and to tactically manipulate kin ties. Far more common than its opposite, POLYANDRY, it is a subclass of POLYGAMY.

Polygyny

 

the practice of having more than one wife; a form of marriage existing throughout history and found chiefly in patriarchies. In its late forms, polygyny was retained in the class society of certain Muslim peoples of the East as a privilege of the ruling classes. Polygamy, a less precise term, is sometimes used instead of polygyny.

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Because of colonialism, Christianity and western education; the vehicles for westernisation, traditional polygynous marital practices tend to be despised as they are regarded as uncivilised, backwards and counter development.
After accounting for the effects of other predictors, polygynous women compared to monogamous women in their household decision-making autonomy.
The family with the largest sample size that we study (Figure 3) includes Alice, a widowed farmer and one of 12 cowives in a polygynous household.
They also suggest that "the DHS could improve researchers' ability to explore [unmet need in polygynous settings] by systematically including questions directed toward men in polygynous unions concerning their contraceptive use with each partner and their fertility preferences with each partner.
Campbell conducted interviews with women from Bountiful about their experience living in polygynous marriages and has published two papers on her research in the community (Campbell 2008, 2009).
Males are more aggressive than females in a number of polygynous ruminants (Clutton-Brock et al.
The magnitude of human sex differences in mortality profile is consistent with slight polygyny when viewed in comparison with other species of mammals and birds, by which socially monogamous species tend to have more similar male:female mortality profiles, and by which greater male mortality risk occurs the more polygynous a species (Clutton-Brock & Isvaran, 2007).
Whereas Tibetan men can freely depart from a marriage if they feel their sexual access has been unduly restricted, as a broad, sweeping generalization, this tended not to be the case for women in polygynous marriages during Aquinas's time.
Conversely, male space use generally increases with age, primarily during the breeding (summer) season due to polygynous mating (Minta, 1993).
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter Sage-Grouse) are a polygynous galliform that inhabits the sagebrush steppe of western North America.
255) In a polygynous household, this means that one man is simultaneously married to more than one woman, but the women are not married to each other.
She identifies five types of reference to sexual habits by the Polo commentator, labeling them "The Nakedness Topos," "Feminine Promiscuity," "The Communal Woman, "The Cuckold Ideal," and "The Polygynous Household" (125) and shows how each topos operates in her sources.