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Joint Family: The Concept

The Indian family has been characterized for long as a joint family (samyukta kuṭumb) or undivided family (avibhakta kuṭumb) in literature as well as in popular thought. Its definition, however, presents complicated problems. First of all, it is defined…

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Shah and Tulsi Patel, A.M., “Family”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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