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  • adj. Of or pertaining to one side of a family.


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uni- +‎ lineal


  • Social inequality seldom works in a unilineal way that can be neatly summed up in a hierarchy of oppression.

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  • Dialectical reasoning and their implicit assumption of a unilineal history make them look to the populations most advanced in capitalist development as the site of future revolutions.

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  • The term, which should not be confused with that of a global economy, was coined by Immanuel Wallerstein, and later adapted by Braudel so as not to depend on a conception of history in terms of a unilineal progression of modes of production.

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  • The major difference between these two localities is that descent in Amakiri is patrilineal (traced through the father's side), whereas in Lopon, it is double unilineal (traced through both parents 'sides).

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  • The answer to this question will tend to support either the unilineal or multilineal view of human evolution and is, therefore, of great importance to our general understanding of human origins.


  • Over the course of the last half century, more or less since the discovery of the Australopithecine hominid fossils in East Africa, which confirmed that human ancestry stretches back millions of years, there have been two general views of human evolution-the unilineal on the one hand and the multilineal or branching view on the other.


  • The unilineal view, also known as the single-species hypothesis, which was most widespread in the 1960s and 1970s, posits that the human mode of adaptation-characterized most particularly by (a) upright walking which frees the hands to carry objects and to make and use tools on a consistent basis, (b) increasingly complex forms of social organization, and (c) the capacity for abstract thought-was so different from those of all other animals that the normal patterns of biological evolution were substantially modified.



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