This book is a sociological study of the institution of marriage in all its possible forms and a discussion of family and of kinship.
What were marriage and the family in the "dim red dawn of man"? How have they changed and evolved? What is their probable future? This clear and comprehensive book, written by a leading sociologist, answers these questions with a wealth of material, from a thoroughly modern point of view, and without traditional prejudices.
I. Survey of the General Sequence of Geneonomic Phases II. Prehistory: The Earliest Times III. The Early Tribal Phase IV. The Full Tribal or High Kinship Phase V. The Late Kinship Phase VI. The Early Family Phase VII. The Full Familial Phase (In Antiquity) VIII. The Late Family Phase (In antiquity) IX. The Sequence of Geneonomic Phases Among Teutonic Peoples X. The Late Family Phase in Modern Times (Nineteenth Century) XI. The Early Individual or Personal Phase (Twentieth Century) XII. Sociological Interactions
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