Title

An Algebra of Kinship Study of the Cherokee Indians

Presenter Information

Alison Marr, Murray State University

Major

Mathematics

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Dr. Kelly Pearson

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Abstract/Description

Algebra of kinship is an area of mathematical sociology, which applies group theory to tribal relationships. This talk (based on a senior honors thesis) will discuss our studies of the Cherokee tribe's seven clans and their marriage structure. We will include discussions of algebraic structures as needed to understand the premises of the algebra of kinship as outlined by H.C. White. Other factors involved in kinship analysis, including the preferential mating visible in the Cherokee's kinship system, are also considered in our analysis.

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Science and Mathematics

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An Algebra of Kinship Study of the Cherokee Indians

Algebra of kinship is an area of mathematical sociology, which applies group theory to tribal relationships. This talk (based on a senior honors thesis) will discuss our studies of the Cherokee tribe's seven clans and their marriage structure. We will include discussions of algebraic structures as needed to understand the premises of the algebra of kinship as outlined by H.C. White. Other factors involved in kinship analysis, including the preferential mating visible in the Cherokee's kinship system, are also considered in our analysis.