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Kinship, Descent Systems and State: Caucasus
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Kinship in the Caucasus is discussed in this entry in light of the general debate in anthropology on patrilineal descent societies, with specific reference to works in anthropology on kinship in the Middle East and Central Asia and to the author's own research results in Azerbaijan.

Recently published works on the Caucasus and Central Asia point to the existence of genealogically defined patrilineal and patrilocal descent groups, regarding them as still important today despite the economic and social changes during the Soviet regime. Patril…

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Pfluger-Schindlbeck, Ingrid, “Kinship, Descent Systems and State: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0100b>
First published online: 2009

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