Post-marital residence patterns show lineage-specific evolution

Jiří Moravec, Quentin Atkinson, Claire Bowern, Simon Greenhill, Fiona Jordan, Robert Ross, Russell Gray, Stephen Marsland, Murray Cox

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Where a newly-married couple lives, termed post marital residence, varies cross-culturally and changes over time. While many factors have been proposed as drivers of this change, among them general features of human societies like warfare, migration and gendered division of subsistence labour, little is known about whether changes in residence patterns exhibit global regularities. Here, we study ethnographic observations of post-marital residence in societies from five large language families (Austronesian, Bantu, Indo-European, Pama-Nyungan and Uto-Aztecan), encompassing 371 ethnolinguistic groups ranging widely in local ecologies and lifeways, and covering over half the world’s population and geographical area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-601
Number of pages8
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Issue number6
Early online date18 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

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