Title

Networks and kinship: Formal models of alliance, descent, and inheritance in a Pakistani Punjabi village

Document Type

Article

Department

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London

Abstract

Pakistani Punjabi landlords usemarriage bothstrategically as well asaffectively. That is to say, they seek maximal political advantage and minimal household disruption with marriage arrangements. Using a set of formalnetworksanalysestools, this article examines two hundred years of marriage decisions for one Punjabi landlord family. The radical shift inmarriage decisions beginningfromthe 1920s is the result of an earlier shift in inheritance rules. The resulting change in marriage decisions has impacted not only on household dynamics, but has disrupted longstanding factional associations within the village.

Publication

Social Science Computer Review

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