By Dominique Legros

This quantity explores the different types of wisdom generated by means of exoticizing the topic studied. It analyzes monogamy in Western cultures from a cultural distance. First, from the cultural standpoint of a Kenyan author who underlines the ethical evils unwittingly generated by way of a method enforcing common monogamy and producing annual cohorts of illegitimate teenagers. Then, the essay considers the case of France, which, beginning within the 1970’s, replaced its legislation relating to teenagers born out of wedlock. Such teenagers have now turn into valid. Unwittingly, this has allowed for polygyny or polyandry to turn into felony ideas for French women and men. The research is extra prolonged to Western Europe, Latin American international locations and to the modern U.S.A. with its polyamory circulate, the place felony results just like these of France have occurred.

The quantity examines monogamy by utilizing the epistemological process that's generally utilized in the anthropological research of cultures except one’s personal, displaying how unique and weird the procedure of monogamy can glance, while saw from afar, from the eyes of many non-Westerners. It provides perception into planes of the human Western adventure that may often stay invisible. scholars and lecturers will take pleasure in the close-to-home debates prompted via this evocative thought-provoking essay.

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Afterwards, these measures were progressively applied to the whole population living in monogamous concubinage (not to mention in pluri-concubinage). A few centuries later, in the early 1200s, the Church took total control of all possibilities to obtain a true marital status by making marriage a Christian religious sacrament exclusively. 6 Later, 4 Saint Augustine, Of the Good of Marriage (Translated by Rev. L. Cornis), Chap. 7. org/fathers/ 5 According to Goody (1985), the categories of mistress and bastard were devised by the Church so that when childless couples passed away without legitimate heirs their estate would go to the Church.

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