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CONSANGUINEOUS MARRIAGE WITHIN SOCIAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASS BOUNDARIES IN PAKISTAN

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SA SHAMI, Jonathan Grant, AH BITTLES

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1994

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Abstract

Data on patterns of consanguineous marriage were collected from 5340 families resident in eight cities in the Pakistan province of Punjab. To assess whether social and/or occupational class was interacting with consanguinity, information also was obtained on the hereditary qaum to which each family belonged. In the present generation 46.5% of all marriages were contracted at the level of second cousin or closer, with an average coefficient of inbreeding (F) of 0-0286, and the results indicated that in each of the seventeen qaums there was strong preference for marriage to a close biological relative. However, significant differences existed in the distribution of consanguineous marriage by qaum membership, which could interfere with the interpretation of studies into the biological effects of inbreeding.

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