Exogamy

October 8, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Category: Social Structure, Society

In patrilineal societies, the males often stay close to home as the girls marry those relatively far away.  In matrilineal societies, the opposite is usually, but not always, true.  Primates other than humans establish patterns revealing that either the males or the females seek mates outside their little society of origin.  It would be interesting to observe the differences between Republican and Green Party, families with many left-handers and those with none, those that are wealthy and those in poverty and it would be interesting to look for different patterns based on ethnic origins.

I suspect that the societal subgroups that reveal clear patterns showing one sex traveling farther to achieve a mate will also reveal differences in testosterone levels with suggestions of matrifocal vs. patrifocal societies of origin.

Profoundly complicating the exploration is the acceleration of girls achieving college educations.  They often find mates while in college.  Both males and females often find mates in college and settle down far from home, making cross-society patterns harder to detect.  It would be interesting to note what percentage of males and females return from college to settle down near their original families and how that correlates with the other variables noted above.

It would be interesting to note how far females travel to go to college vs. males, and if there are differences based on political party, families with left-handers, etc.  Of course, the less wealthy will send their children to local institutions.

A study over several hundred years may reveal clear patterns devolving into a recent breakdown of the whole concept, social structure-oriented exogamy in modern societies.  With the recent strong surge of matrifocal tendencies in modern society and a convergence of matrifocal and patrifocal frames, maybe the patterns are too deeply buried to exhume.


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