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Cousin marriage in context: constructing social relations in Afghanistan

Folk24 • Published In 1982 • Pages: 7-28

By: Anderson, John W..

Abstract
This is a study of parallel cousin marriage and other marriage arrangements among the Ghilzai Pashtun of southeastern Afghanistan. The author examines the framework of marriage, the strategy of marriage alliances, the arrangement of marriage and the marriage ceremony, and the structural contexts of marriage in Ghilzai society. He finds that close cousin marriages tend to be accompanied by marriages farther afield in order to counter the isolating effects of close cousin marriage. He argues that the specific character of any single marriage is determined by the history of adjacent marriages.
Subjects
Basis of marriage
Regulation of marriage
Tribe and nation
Lineages
Kin relationships
Arranging a marriage
Termination of marriage
Secondary marriages
Nuptials
Mode of marriage
culture
Pashtun
HRAF PubDate
2002
Region
Asia
Sub Region
Central Asia
Document Type
article
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
Gerald Reid ; 1988
Coverage Date
1971-1974
Coverage Place
Ghilzai Pashtun, southeastern Afghanistan between Kabul and Kandahar
Notes
Jon W. Anderson
Includes bibliographical references (p. 27-28)
LCSH
Pushtuns