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Literature and Resources for the ECourse "Today's Matriarchies"

Part 1

Part 2

  • Antje Olowaili, Schwester der Sonne. Ein Jahr in Kuna Yala ("Sister of the Sun. A Year in Kuna Yala")
    Note: available in German only

Part 3

  • Humberto Maturana,Gerda Verden-Zoller , The Origins of Humanness in the Biology of Love
    Note: The central concern of this book is us human beings. How is it that we can live in mutual care, have ethical concerns, and at the same time deny all that through the rational justification of aggression? One chapter deals with the emergence of patriarchy.

Part 4

Part 5

  • Rüdiger Haude/Thomas Wagner, Herrschaftsfreie Institutionen (1999) ("Institutions Without Rule" - in German only)

Part 6

Part 7




"Today's Matriarchies From the Newest View"

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Users asked:
When do you call a society matriarchal?

A kin is matriarchal under two main conditions:

- The children live with their mother's clan; husbands live with their wife's clan, as long as they are married. If the marriage ends, the husband moves back to his motherclan (matrilocal).
- Inheritage and line of descent is female (matrilineal).

matrilocal + matrilineal = matriarchal

But there are other criteria, like decision finding by consensus, please read full

description of matriarchy


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