unilineal descent

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unilineal descent

DESCENT through one sex, therefore either PATRILINEAL or MATRILINEAL. Nonunilineal descent is sometimes called COGNATIC.
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He vacillated because the unit (or group) in question appeared to have features that anthropologists at the time normally associated exclusively with either form of unilineality. Boas, on his part, ended up rejecting classification altogether because none of the analytical categories available to him were relevant, resigning himself to describing the Kwakiutl tribal subdivision as a unique type of structure without equivalent.
(21) Again, it is asserted (not shown or argued) that unilineality is the basic Ngadha principle.
These concepts form the core of ideas about 'customary law' and are the basis for the stress placed on unilineality in representations of land tenure and transmission of primary rights.