Ryan Schram

ANTH 2654: Forms of Families

13 August 2015

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Taking a stand

Raise your hand high if these questions are true.

Look around.

We are all different, even though it's not always obvious.

Lecture outline and terms


Rule of residence, matrilocal (WM), patrilocal (HF), virilocal (H), uxorilocal (W), avunculocal (HMB). Agnatic, uterine (enatic), cognatic. Incest, exogamy.


Time permitting: alliance versus descent.

Plus: Notes on marriage trends.


Fortune, R. F. 1963 [1932]. Sorcerers of Dobu: The Social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Levi-Strauss, Claude. 1969. The Elementary Structures of Kinship. Boston: Beacon Press.

Lowie, Robert Harry. 2004 [1935]. The Crow Indians. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press.