matrifocality


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matrifocality

(ˌmætrɪfəʊˈkælɪtɪ)
n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) the state of having the mother as the head of a household
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Vodou, matrifocality, and polygamy; and ideological apparatuses, i.
Homer epitomizes the "natural rebel", that is, one that acts as a "cultural icon whose central location within the community of the enslaved-the politicized space- is derived from the ascribed matrifocality of the African social legacy.
Motherly landscapes: Matrifocality, Marriage, Islam and the Change of Generation in Post Conflict Post-Tsunami Aceh".
Our research considers how global factors, traditions of matrifocality and Islam contemporarily inform women's identities within Aceh.
Paradoxically, one can deduce that working-class men became reliant on peer groups for status confirmation purposes in the very same studies that concluded wage labour was responsible for the increasing incidence of matrifocality in Jamaica.
As is well known, this sociology (Frazier) versus anthropology (Herskovits) context would have a great impact on the debate on the causes for the matrifocality of many black families as well as on the relationship between poverty and culture in the black population in the US.