The Structure of Unilineal Descent Groups1


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    Editorial note: This paper was presented by Professor Fortes at the Symposium on the “Positive Contributions of Social Anthropology,” held at the 50th annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago, November 15–17, 1951. Professor Fortes' participation in the symposium was made possible by the generosity of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.