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Networks and kinship : formal models of alliance, descent and inheritance in a Pakistani Punjabi village.

Lyon, Stephen M. (2013) 'Networks and kinship : formal models of alliance, descent and inheritance in a Pakistani Punjabi village.', Social science computer review., 31 (1). pp. 45-55.


Pakistani Punjabi landlords use marriage both strategically as well as affectively. That is to say, they seek maximal political advantage and minimal household disruption with marriage arrangements. Using a set of formal networks analyses tools, this article examines two hundred years of marriage decisions for one Punjabi landlord family. The radical shift in marriage decisions beginning from the 1920s is the result of an earlier shift in inheritance rules. The resulting change in marriage decisions has impacted not only on household dynamics, but has disrupted longstanding factional associations within the village.

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Keywords:formal models, kinship theory, inheritance, genealogy, social change, social networks
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Last Modified:03 Apr 2013 12:11

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