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1. Anthropology Of or relating to residence with a wife's kin group or clan.
2. Zoology Of or relating to the tendency of males to leave their natal group and reside in or mate with females of a different group: groups of monkeys that are matrilocal.

mat′ri·lo·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) n.
mat′ri·lo′cal·ly adv.


the state or custom of residing with the family or tribe of the wife, as in certain primitive societies. Cf. patrilocality. — matrilocal, adj.
See also: Anthropology
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Matrilineality and matrilocality designate specific forms of social organization in which women occupy central positions (Aberle 1961; Matthieu 2007).
Baker and Jacobsen (2007) use a bargaining framework to argue that patrilocality should be more common when the husband's human capital is relatively location specific compared to the wife's, and conversely for matrilocality. In a sample related to ours, they find that the existence of fixed postmarital residence rules is weakly responsive to a set of environmental, technological, and economic variables.
Assessing the sociological hypotheses: matrilineality and matrilocality
Standing in the shadows: Of matrilocality and the role of women in a village election in northern Thailand.
Historian Roy den Loewen has noted that a pattern of matrilocality existed in early Mennonite villages.
Pretty soon, it emerges in "Wakefield" that the only viable framework and meaningful rhetoric is statutory matrimoniality, including nodal matrilocality. It is a condition not only dependent on but actually directly deriving from the very first sentence from the wife.
Matriliny ond matrilocality is source of authority for women.
Since matrilineality and matrilocality meant that women tended to live in the same talwa as their mothers and that husbands had no claims on their female partners' labor or land, within that system hetero-gendered pairing was marginal to landholding, inheritance, the reckoning of kinship, and town governance.
They ground this thesis on assumptions about consistent, closely bound relationships among residence, descent, kin terms, and socio-political rank: "By Proto-Oceanic times residence (matrilocality), descent (matrilineality), and kinship terminology (bifurcate merging) were perfectly aligned" (Hage and Marck 2003:124).