American Anthropologist

Sentimental Structure: Tsimihety Migration and Descent

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Abstract

Patrilineal descent is deployed by the Tsimihety of Madagascar as a criterion for the definition of sentiments of social identity and adhesion, counter-balancing the dispersal brought about by migration. Patrilineality provides Tsimihety with a rationale for the determination of general rights of access to certain resources, in contrast to other criteria such as cognatic kinship, through which specific rights may be claimed.

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