There Comes Papa: Colonialism and the Transformation of Matriliny in Kerala, Malabar, C. 1850-1940

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Orient BlackSwan, Jan 1, 2003 - Inheritance and succession - 223 pages
This is the first study to examine Nayar matriliny as a historical phenomenon. Kerala is the only place in the world where a kinship system was outlawed! The book analyses the reasons for the abolition by the colonial state and lays bare the differences between early twentieth, late twentieth and mid-nineteenth century forms of matriliny. This is the first historical work in India on matriliny.

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