book chapter

Kinship systems of the Altaic-speaking peoples of the Asiatic steppe

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By: Krader, Lawrence.

This is a comparative and historical study of the kinship systems and social structures of the Turco-Mongol steppe peoples of Asia, with extensive analysis of the Buryat Mongols, the Ordos Mongols, the Volga Kalmyk, the Monguor of Kansu, and the Kazakh-Kirgiz. It also includes data on the Orkhon-Yenisei Turks of the 6th-8th centuries A.D., the eastern Mongols of the 13th-17th centuries (Khalkha annd Chahar Mongols), and the Kazakhs of the Altai. The central problem raised by the author is 'to determine whether common kinship features form a distinctive structure, such that the transition from one to the other can be demonstrated to be systematic and orderly; i.e., to determine whether there is a common pattern upon which each people has composed a variation.' The source is particularly rich in data and analyses of kinship terminology, community structure, the legal and sociological aspects of inheritance, and the economic and ecological bases of these steppe societies. The material presented and analyzed is based on a wide coverage of the historical and ethnological literature on the area and the particular peoples involved. There are numerous charts and tables, and a comprehensive bibliography is provided at the end of Part II. HRAF pagination has been added for the appendix.
Culture summary
Kinship terminology
Kin relationships
Kin groups
HRAF PubDate
Sub Region
Central Asia
Document Type
book chapter
Social Scientist-4
Eugene Lerner ; 1955
Coverage Date
Coverage Place
China, Mongolia, and Russia
[by] Lawrence Krader
Information on the descent group which the author terms a 'clan' has been indexed for Clans (614).
Manuscript obtained on loan from the library of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology
Includes bibliography
Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Harvard University, 1953