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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China$
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Stevan Harrell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219885

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219885.001.0001

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Preferential Bilateral-Cross-Cousin Marriage among the Nuosu in Liangshan

Preferential Bilateral-Cross-Cousin Marriage among the Nuosu in Liangshan

(p.68) Chapter 4 Preferential Bilateral-Cross-Cousin Marriage among the Nuosu in Liangshan
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Lu Hui

University of California Press

This chapter discusses considerations of marital alliance in more detail. Beginning with the paradoxical observation that bilateral cross-cousin marriage is the Nuosu ideal, but that one-sided matrilateral unions are more common than patrilateral unions and that true bilateral unions are quite rare, it discusses the strategies of alliance that motivate parents and local clan elders to marry their children into one clan or another. This places the Nuosu social structure into the comparative framework of kinship alliance that has driven so much Western anthropological writing about mainland southeast Asia since Edmund Leach (1954).

Keywords:   marital alliance, cross-cousin marriage, bilateral unions, Nuosu social structure

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