matrilineage


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mat·ri·lin·e·age

 (măt′rə-lĭn′ē-ĭj)
n.
A descent group traced through women on the maternal side of a family.
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Noun1.matrilineage - line of descent traced through the maternal side of the familymatrilineage - line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family
unilateral descent - line of descent traced through one side of the family
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The book reads like a critical genealogy of literary matrilineage.
82), these repeated invocations of matrilineage subtly alter the conception of the overall social structure in Middleton's imagined Milan, loosening its connection to familiar patriarchal norms.
Art historian Jessica Dallow explores the artistic matrilineage of the Saar family in her essay, "Departures and Returns: Figuring the Mother's Body in the Art of Betye and Alison Saar.
Perhaps matrilineage is the "unpredictable residue" of some "archaic power" reflected in Sarah's miraculous laughter that heralds the birth of Isaac and provides him with his name.
the society recognises both the patrilineage and the matrilineage but assigns to each a different set of expectations.
Every Akan belonged to an asafo group on their father's side, just as every person belonged to an abusua or matrilineage, on their mother's side (Owusu, 1970:41).
This same configuration of matrilineage, kin-based alliance networks, and female power has also appeared in works dealing with the Cherokees, the Indians of precolonial Texas and the desert Southwest.
Perhaps in reaction to the importance of matrilineage in Julio-Claudian succession, historians of the early Principate obsessively depict mothers and stepmothers of the imperial family as a powerful and corrupting presence in imperial life--plotting, dissimulating, seducing, and being seduced.
The success of one chief allowed "the brothers [to] not only claim victory for themselves, but also for their sisters and for the next matrilineage.
While this term may be relatively new, "vulnerable" observation has a venerable history in black feminist writing, a matrilineage linking early "race women," such as Anna Julia Cooper in the 1890s, with "New Negroes" such as Zora Neale Hurston at mid-twentieth century and "womanists" in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and beyond.
For instance, she made everyone at the women's seder introduce herself by her matrilineage.
The main incest taboo in Trobriand matrilineage (with its strong group culture) was an extreme prohibition on sister-brother relations.