Network structures of marriage practice.
Houseman M, White
36 (139): 59-85 JUL-SEP 1996
Michael HOUSEMAN & Douglas
R. WHITE, Network Structures of Marriage Practice.-This article proposes a new
approach to the comparative study of marriage systems. This approach places
primary emphasis on the coordinate patterning of actual marriage choices over
time. By means of various computer programs, the authors attempt to identify
emergent features of the marriage network as a whole. Following a discussion of
certain methodological aspects of this work, two relatively simple, bipartite
network structures are presented: ''dividedness'' and ''sidedness''. A number of
wider theoretical implications of this perspective are then discussed.
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