Matrimonial Patterns and Trans-Ethnic Entities

  • Philippe RamirezEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Despite the complexity of their object of study, i.e. human society and culture, anthropologists seldom address complexity per se. In this paper I would like to briefly suggest approaches to deal with certain complex issues involved in the modelization of social relations within a naturalistic paradigm. What I want to show primarily is how anthropological knowledge might be markedly enhanced by truly confronting the complexity of anthropological phenomena, i.e. by putting culture and social structures back into the natural/physical world, to understand how “it really works”. And the condition for performing such an enterprise is close cooperation with other disciplines dealing with the study of complexity. The topic at hand is modelling the origin of a system of surname equivalences in tribal India. But the work being done might have a much broader range, by helping the studies of matrimonial systems to adopt more naturalistic approaches.


Generalize Exchange Demographic Stochasticity Short Distance Migration Descent Group Tribal Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, Centre for Himalayan StudiesVillejuif CedexFrance

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