Bilateral descent

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  • Descent through either the male or female line. In a society which follows bilateral descent, individuals exhibit no preference for either matrilineal or patrilineal kin, and consider themselves equally related to both groups. Rather than corporate descent groups, people belong to individual kindreds.
    Source: Anthromorphemics
  • Kinship arrangements in which descent is traced through both the mother's and father's blood relatives.

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