lineage and lineage group
lineage and lineage groupANTHROPOLOGY) a group of people who claim common DESCENT. The basis may be PATRILINEAL, MATRILINEAL, BILATERAL or NONUNILINEAL. Lineage theory was at the centre of UK SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY from the 1940s to the 1960s, as discussed in the works of RADCLIFFE-BROWN, EVANS-PRITCHARD and M. Fortes. see also KINSHIP, SEGMENTARY SOCIETY.
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