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Rank and Preferential Marriage in Southern Africa: The Swazi

Adam Kuper
Man
New Series, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1978), pp. 567-579
DOI: 10.2307/2801249
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2801249
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

The political implications of Swazi marriage alliances have been stressed in the ethnographic literature, but the structure of the alliance system, and the implications of kinship-defined marriage rules, have not been analysed. The author presents a model of FMBSD marriage and shows how the Swazi kin-based model of alternating asymmetrical marriage alliance is linked to the developmental cycle of the homestead and to the broader tendency to hypogamy.

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