What is patrilocal family?


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Patrilocal families are those that live with or near the husband's family after marriage. In this arrangement, sons return home with their wives after marriage, while daughters depart with their husbands after the wedding. About 69 percent of the world's cultures that have been studied by anthropologists are patrilocal.

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What constitutes living near the husband's family varies depending on the culture. For example, among the Igboo people of West Africa, husbands and wives move into the same house as the husband's father. Accumulating a very large household in this manner is seen as prestigious. Many rural Turkish people are also patrilocal, but married couples are only expected to move to the same village or tribal areas as the father, not into his household.

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