The Persistence of Social Structure and Status in Indigenous Reservations

21 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2021 Last revised: 3 Nov 2021

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Felipe Jordán

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara

Date Written: October 18, 2021

Abstract

Kinship systems have played a central role in defining individuals' positions within indigenous societies. This paper studies the evolution of the kinship system of Chile's Mapuche people since their forced settlement. The results reveal that patrilineal inheritance, a key component of Mapuche's kinship system, has been significantly eroded. Nevertheless, the status of lineages has persisted across generations: members of lineages whose heads held prominent positions a century ago have a higher relative status today. These results illustrate that status can persist even when key components of the social structure that gave rise to it do not.

Keywords: Kinship systems, Indigenous reservation, Persistence

JEL Classification: N0, Z13

Suggested Citation

Jordán, Felipe, The Persistence of Social Structure and Status in Indigenous Reservations (October 18, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3941519 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3941519

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