Navigation Links
Monogamy reduces major social problems of polygamist cultures
Date:1/23/2012

In cultures that permit men to take multiple wives, the intra-sexual competition that occurs causes greater levels of crime, violence, poverty and gender inequality than in societies that institutionalize and practice monogamous marriage.

That is a key finding of a new University of British Columbia-led study that explores the global rise of monogamous marriage as a dominant cultural institution. The study suggests that institutionalized monogamous marriage is rapidly replacing polygamy because it has lower levels of inherent social problems.

"Our goal was to understand why monogamous marriage has become standard in most developed nations in recent centuries, when most recorded cultures have practiced polygyny," says UBC Prof. Joseph Henrich, a cultural anthropologist, referring to the form of polygamy that permits multiple wives, which continues to be practiced in some parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

"The emergence of monogamous marriage is also puzzling for some as the very people who most benefit from polygyny wealthy, powerful men were best positioned to reject it," says Henrich, lead author of the study that is published today in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. "Our findings suggest that that institutionalized monogamous marriage provides greater net benefits for society at large by reducing social problems that are inherent in polygynous societies."

Considered the most comprehensive study of polygamy and the institution of marriage, the study finds significantly higher levels rape, kidnapping, murder, assault, robbery and fraud in polygynous cultures. According to Henrich and his research team, which included Profs. Robert Boyd (UCLA) and Peter Richerson (UC Davis), these crimes are caused primarily by pools of unmarried men, which result when other men take multiple wives.

"The scarcity of marriageable women in polygamous cultures increases compe
'/>"/>

Contact: Basil Waugh
basil.waugh@ubc.ca
604-822-2048
University of British Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Second lumpectomy for breast cancer reduces survival rates
2. Oil spray reduces greenhouse gas emissions from pig finishing barns
3. Novel technique changes lymph node biopsy, reduces radiaiton exposure
4. Novel technique changes lymph node biopsy, reduces radiation exposure
5. UC Davis research shows that newly discovered drug reduces heart enlargement
6. Intervention method reduces binge drinking
7. Cropland diversity reduces nitrogen pollution
8. Environmental cleaning intervention reduces transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms in ICUs
9. Home tooth bleaching slightly reduces enamel strength
10. Eating fatty fish once a week reduces mens risk of heart failure
11. IPM reduces cockroaches and allergens in schools
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2014)... stem cell therapies to cure a variety of diseases ... based on cell surface markers. Researchers from the Finnish ... highly expressed in a type of stem cells derived ... an article in BioResearch Open Access , a ... article is available free on the BioResearch ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to ... cheaper. , Bacillus anthracis , the bacteria ... over the world and can cause serious, and often ... can survive in harsh conditions for decades. In humans, ... skin contact, inhalation of spores or eating contaminated meat. ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... produce hydrogen sulfide in order to properly multiply and ... the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Herman ... Shi, principal investigator on the project, said the presence ... flow of calcium ions. The essential ions activate a ... the creation of new bone tissue, and keeps the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 2Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 3
... congenital valvular heart disease. Now, in patients with this ... the Netherlands, the University of Newcastle, UK and the ... identified mutations in a gene which plays an important ... hope that these findings will lead to faster diagnosis ...
... Jan. 10, 2011 Aware, Inc. (Nasdaq: AWRE ... telecommunications and biometrics industries, today announced that on January 5, ... Jr. and John S. Stafford, III to the Aware Board ... a Class III Director and will serve on the Board,s ...
... Bio-Technology Group Co., Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ... leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of Traditional Chinese ... other health and nutritional products in the People,s ... its private placement offering for aggregate gross proceeds ...
Cached Biology News:Researchers link gene mutations to Ebstein's anomaly 2Aware Announces Appointment of New Directors 2Aware Announces Appointment of New Directors 3Weikang Bio-Technology Announces Completion of $5.0 Million Private Placement 2Weikang Bio-Technology Announces Completion of $5.0 Million Private Placement 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... , January 15, 2014 A study has ... on the Formula 1 track could help to tackle the ... Technologies (MAT), Stowhealth (a GP surgery based in Stowmarket) and ... provider Simplyhealth. Telemetry technology, which is inspired by ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 Two champions of science, ... sponsorship of an annual competition for middle and high ... to, innovative STEM study. The competition presents students with ... of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Sciences is a ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... DTS Language Services, Inc . is pleased to ... Science organizations who need document translations. Clients will now ... documents in advance with a selection of nearly 50 life ... a critical factor in clinical and scientific fields, and decrease ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... throughput research solutions, today announced that Lupin Limited, one ... of Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System for ... in Mumbai, India, is focused on a wide range ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 2Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 2Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 5DTS Improves Efficiency for Life Science Document Translations 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 3
... (NASDAQ: SQNM ), a life sciences company ... new publication from the large Women & Infants multi-center ... (Sequenom CMM) MaterniT21 PLUS laboratory-developed test (LDT) ... Prenatal Diagnosis . Along with this week,s publication, the ...
... May 16, 2012  Sigma-Aldrich announced today that it has ... will mature on May 10, 2017.  The new facility ... scheduled to mature on December 11, 2012.  The $600 ... paper program and be used for general corporate purposes. ...
... Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research ...   Global Anti-Microbial Coatings ...   This report analyzes the US ... the following End-Use Segments: Indoor Air Quality, and ...
Cached Biology Technology:Study In Prenatal Diagnosis Finds Sequenom CMM's MaterniT21™ PLUS Lab-developed Test Accurately Detects Fetal Trisomies In Pregnant Women Carrying Twins Or Triplets 2Study In Prenatal Diagnosis Finds Sequenom CMM's MaterniT21™ PLUS Lab-developed Test Accurately Detects Fetal Trisomies In Pregnant Women Carrying Twins Or Triplets 3Study In Prenatal Diagnosis Finds Sequenom CMM's MaterniT21™ PLUS Lab-developed Test Accurately Detects Fetal Trisomies In Pregnant Women Carrying Twins Or Triplets 4Study In Prenatal Diagnosis Finds Sequenom CMM's MaterniT21™ PLUS Lab-developed Test Accurately Detects Fetal Trisomies In Pregnant Women Carrying Twins Or Triplets 5Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 2Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 3Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 4Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 5Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 6Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 7Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 8Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 9Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 10Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 11Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 12Global Anti-Microbial Coatings Industry 13
The FailSafe™ PROBES Real-Time PCR System enables rapid, precise optimization of PCR experiments in which the product is detected using fluorescent target-specific labeled probes....
NuParaffin Kit Application: Flow Cytometry Reactivity: Human...
Immunofixation Gel Kit, requires IF100 Reactivity: Human Applications: Immunofixation ...
...
Biology Products: