bilateral descent


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bilateral descent

(ANTHROPOLOGY) a term describing a kinship system in which links are recognized through both sexes.
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double or bilateral descent) and social tolerance of male-male sexuality, would have facilitated this process.
(2) In bilateral descent systems, ego's mother's and father's lineages are equally important for emotional, social, spiritual, and political support, as well as for transfer of property or wealth.
Apart from the discussion of behavioural aspects, I find much of the analysis of Inuit kinship and social structure, especially with regard to matrilocal tendencies in some groups and his use of formal terms like "clan," "lineage," and "bilateral descent" less than compelling or enlightening.

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