Lineal masculinity: Gendered memory within patriliny

Diane E. King, Stone Linda

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In this article, we present a model of gender within patrilineal descent for a broad region covering Asia, Europe, and North Africa. We develop the concept of "lineal masculinity," a perceived ontological essence that flows to and through men over the generations. It is especially expressed through people's notions of the past, present, and future of their patrilineages. We elaborate lineal masculinity in terms of male achievement, lineage founders, lineage segmentation, and male reproduction. Our model offers cross-cultural analysis and so provides an alternative to the position of strong cultural relativism in kinship and gender studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-336
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Kinship
  • Lineage theory
  • Masculinity
  • Memory
  • Patriliny

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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