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Trends in consanguineous marriage in Karnataka, South India, 1980–89

Bittles, A.H., Coble, J.M. and Rao, N.A. (1993) Trends in consanguineous marriage in Karnataka, South India, 1980–89. Journal of Biosocial Science, 25 (1). pp. 111-116.

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Analysis of data on 106,848 marriages in the cities of Bangalore and Mysore, South India, between 1980 and 1989 showed that levels of consanguineous marriage varied between cities through time and by religion. The average coefficient of inbreeding was higher in Bangalore (F = 0·0339) than in Mysore (F = 0·0203), principally reflecting large-scale, post-Independence rural migration into Bangalore. Although there was some evidence of a decline in consanguineous marriages in Mysore, there was no convincing support in either city for earlier projections of a rapid reduction in the popularity of unions between close biological relatives.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © 1993 Cambridge University Press
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