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Forbidden Relatives: The American Myth of Cousin Marriage First Edition Edition
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Students of human societies will find this book fascinating of course. Family historians who may find that their lines "cross" more than once due to cousin marriage will also learn a great deal from this book. The acceptability and legality of cousin marriage has varied over time and cultures for a variety of reasons. This book is a guide to understanding those historical and cultural reasons. From Leviticus to Archbishop Parker's Table in the Book of Common Prayer, marriage prohibitions based on the degrees of consanguinity have effected how our families combine for millennia. This book is important background to understanding how families came to be the way they are.
The book examines the social and legal prohibitions against cousin marriage in the United States by reviewing their history and comparing U.S. prohibitions to laws and customs about cousin marriage around the world. It reviews the biological evidence regarding the negative impacts of cousin marriage. Finally, the social impacts of cousin marriage and its prohibitions are briefly discussed.
Thirty-one U.S. states have some form of prohibition against cousin marriage. Nineteen states have no such prohibitive laws. No European nation prohibits cousin marriages. Why do these prohibitions exist and why the variance between nations and states? This book answers those questions directly.Read more ›
Much social stigma exists about cousin marriages as a result of misinformation. Martin's book goes to great length to dispel those myths and explaining the origin of the taboos.
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This book is not for casual.leisure reading. It is mainly useful for someone personal research or maybe an attorney needing to research facts for a case in court. Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by Diamond M. Dominguez
Very enlightening sociology. I have a particular interest in this subject because my late husband came from a culture that arranged marriages between first cousins as a matter of... Read morePublished on September 23, 2007 by PK Yates