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Own and his his brother, in course, have a primary relative, a son, in the two nuclear families of which they were not themselves members. While the norm naturally does not prevail in all individual cases, the evidence is nevertheless overwhelming that the characteristic and crucial bond of union in composite families of every type linking members is the existence of close kinship ties of the constituent nuclear families. The polygamous family can appear, of course, only in societies which permit plural marriages.

It societies among patrilineal peoples. A number of Australian tribes, indeed, actually follow patrilineal descent while specifically denying the existence of any biological tie between father and child. " See T. , (1943), 26. XLV 23 See G. P. , XLII (1940), 555-61. 24 W. H. R. Rivers, Social Organization (New York, 1924), p. 86. See also B. Z. Seligman, "Incest and Descent," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, LIX (1929), 248. SOCIAL STRUCTURE l6 Descent, in , fine, does not necessarily involve any belief that certain much less a recognition of kinship with ^ne parent to the exclusion of the other, although such genealogical ties are closer than others, j 1 notions have been reported in exceptional cases.

Where marriages are exogamous the community, however, spouses of one sex find themselves living among comparative strangers, to whom they must make new personal adjustments and upon whom they must depend for the support, protection, and social satisfactions which they have previously received from relatives and old friends. They thus find themselves at a considerable psychological and social disadvantage in comparison with the sex which remains at home. , when it is regularly the woman rather than the changes domicile.

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