group marriage

group marriage
The idea of group marriage probably originated in the incorrect observations of eighteenth-century explorers (such as Cook) of the sexual habits of Polynesian societies. Lewis Henry Morgan suggested that group marriage, in which sexual and reproductive rights in a group of women were acquired by a group of men, was the original family form. Friedrich Engels also used this notion in his evolutionary theory of the family and the development of the state.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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