Descent Structures

  1. Lineages - groups formed by tracing specific genealogical links to a know ancestor.
  2. Segments - nested subdivisions of a lineage, branching system.
  3. Clans - groups which do not depend upon maintaining genealogies
  4. Moieties - paired groups

These structural features are represented among our case studies as follows:

Cultures

Generational Depth

0-3

4-6

7-9

10-12

13-15

16-18

18-21

Akan Minor Segment Major Segment Clan
Hebrews Minor Segment Major Segment Maximal Segment
Yanomamo Minimal Segment Moiety/ Lineage
Turkish Lineage
Dani Clan/Sib Moiety


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