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Fertile BondsBedouin Class, Kinship, and Gender in the Bekaa Valley$
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Suzanne E. Joseph

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044613

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044613.001.0001

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Marriage between Kin

Marriage between Kin

(p.95) 5 Marriage between Kin
Fertile Bonds

Suzanne E. Joseph

University Press of Florida

The specific question that this chapter seeks to address is, Why do the Bekaa Bedouin prefer marriages between close kin in general and patriparallel cousins in particular? The main argument put forth is that consanguineous marriage is more than a manifestation of Durkheimian social facts of kinship exercising constraints on individuals, but rather by marrying relatives, individual agents reproduce social kinship structures. Individuals do not uniformly or equally enter into patriparallel cousin marriages, but do so depending on their occupation. While the chapter suggests some flexibility with respect to agnation, a substantial majority of Bedouin women married someone from the same tribe. Changing notions of love and intimacy observed among newly married adults are used to infer future trends.

Keywords:   Kinship, occupation, consanguineous marriage, patriparallel cousin marriage, brother-sister exchange marriage, companionate marriage, Giddens, Durkheim

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