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Cross Cult Res. 2017 Apr;51(2):142-171. doi: 10.1177/1069397117691025. Epub 2017 Feb 8.

Blood is Thicker Than Water: Geography and the Dispersal of Family Characteristics Across the Globe.

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Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


This article introduces a new dataset of historical family characteristics based on ethnographic literature. The novelty of the dataset lies in the fact that it is constructed at the level of the ethnic group. To test the possibilities of the dataset, we construct a measure of family constraints on women's agency from it and explore its correlation to a number of geographical factors.


gender equality; geography; household and family systems

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Declaration of Conflicting Interests: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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