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Kinship, marriage and age in Aboriginal Australia, Woodrow W. Denham, Ph.D

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Kinship, marriage and age in Aboriginal Australia
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Kinship, marriage and age in Aboriginal Australia
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Woodrow W. Denham, Ph.D
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eng
Summary
"This paper compares models of Australian Aboriginal kinship based on traditional generational closure with models based on generational openness as embedded in age spirals or, more accurately, age biased helices. The objective is to salvage generational openness if it has any merit and to reject it if it does not. The research is based on my own and others? fieldwork as well as archival research and comparative studies of Aboriginal societies in Central Australia, Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land and Western Australia. Analytical methods include formal mathematical models; mechanical, statistical and network models; and computer simulations. The approach is primarily nonverbal, demographic and quantitative rather than verbal and cognitive. The findings show that open and closed models entail radically different expectations about the structure and operation of Aboriginal societies in areas including but not limited to: genealogical frameworks, language group endogamy and exogamy, inbreeding coefficients, MBD vs. FZD marriage, prescriptive vs. proscriptive marriage rules, directed marriage cycles and classificatory kinship. In addition to comparing the strengths and weaknesses of open and closed models, the paper also evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of open models by themselves, in search of deficiencies that might justify their rejection. Several significant problems are introduced and discussed, but seem not to constitute fatal flaws. The findings are likely to be of greater interest to scientists who are concerned with the survival of Aboriginal societies over the last 50 millennia and of lesser interest to those who focus exclusively on structures of systems of kin classification. The impact of these findings on the broad study of Dravidian and Dravidian-like kinship terminologies may be significant, but I am not qualified to investigate that issue and leave it to others. An extended and detailed analysis of relationships between openness and language group exogamy is in preparation." -- [From Abstract]
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Denham, Woodrow W
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  • McConnel, Ursula
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnomathematics
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Applied anthropology
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
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Kinship, marriage and age in Aboriginal Australia, Woodrow W. Denham, Ph.D
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https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6xm8s89k#
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Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 72-79
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rdacontent
Contents
Preliminaries -- Mechanical approaches to asymmetric generations -- Statistical and network approaches to asymmetric generations -- Conclusion
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30 cm.
Extent
79 pages
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  • computer
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rdamedia
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Label
Kinship, marriage and age in Aboriginal Australia, Woodrow W. Denham, Ph.D
Link
https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6xm8s89k#
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 72-79
Carrier category
  • volume
  • online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preliminaries -- Mechanical approaches to asymmetric generations -- Statistical and network approaches to asymmetric generations -- Conclusion
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
79 pages
Media category
  • unmediated
  • computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
charts, maps, tables :
System details
System requirement for online: access to World Wide Web and system to read PDF document

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