Carlo Koos

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Carlo Koos

Rethinking Polygyny

Dear Prof. White,

I contacted you this summer (now fall 2017) with regard to the conceptualization of polygyny.

Now I have another project where I thought that you may have some advice. Together with a colleague I am working on a paper where we look at the effect of "pre-colonial state formation" on contemporary measures of social capital and cooperation. Specfically, we study the effect of the Bashi Kingdom's rules and norms (in particular the myths about the rulers). We collected survey data in eastern Congo from respondents within and outside the former territory of the Bashi kingdom and find that those people living in the former kingdom's territory shows significantly more prosocial behavior than those outside living in rather clan-based societies. The results are so robust that we were really surprised.

We are not sure whether the effect we find in the Bashi kingdom is a very case-specific or whether it is representative for other precolonial kingdoms as well. Therefore we wanted to look in a more cross-cultural comparison. So I wanted to ask you whether you know any data sources quantitative or qualitative that deal especially with pre-colonial African kingdoms and ruler cult and ruler mythology.

Kind regards,

Carlo Koos

On 31/07/2017 20:22, Doug White wrote:

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Subject: 	Re: Fwd: Rethinking Polygyny Date: 	Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:58:56 +0200
From: 	Carlo Koos <carlo.koos@uni-konstanz.de>
To: 	Doug White <douglas.white@uci.edu>
Dear Prof. White,
thank you for those links. That's fantastic.
I understand that your "polygyny"-concept has been applied to 180+ groups. I currently use an electronic version of the Murdock data which has been extended to more than 1000 groups, more than 800 in Africa. Is there any dataset--that you know of--which uses your conceptualization of "polygyny" with the large sample.
I apologize if I am asking some "stupid" questions.
    Not at all. -- but I don't know whether that large sample conceptualization of this coding has been done as yet...  all the best, Doug
Kind regards,
Carlo
Dr. Carlo Koos
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Konstanz

> Tel.: +49 [0] 7531 88 - 4653 > E-Mail: carlo.koos@uni-konstanz.de > Web: carlokoos.wordpress.com > Am 28.07.2017 um 19:05 schrieb Doug White:


https://www.researchgate.net/publication/227855226_Rethinking_Polygyny_Co-Wives_Codes_and_Cultural_Systems
http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/index.php/Topical_publications:_Douglas_R._White has the polygyny codes
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Subject: 	Rethinking Polygyny
Date: 	Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:42:31 +0200
From: 	Carlo Koos <carlo.koos@uni-konstanz.de>
To: 	drwhite@uci.edu
Dear Prof. White,
I hope this email finds you well. I have just been reading your article 
"Rethinking Polygyny" where you proposed an alternative measurement to 
Murdock's polygyny. I am working on an analysis in which I want to 
understand the long-term effects of polygyny on temporary political and 
social outcomes in Africa. So far, I used an electronic dataset of 
Murdock's Atlas of World Cultures. Since your polygyny variables are 
more disaggregated, I wonder whether there is an electronic dataset 
which applies your conceptualization to the list of Murdock's ethnic groups.
I would be grateful for your reply.
Kind regards,
Carlo Koos
-- 
Dr. Carlo Koos
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Konstanz
Tel.: +49 [0] 7531 88 - 4653
E-Mail: carlo.koos@uni-konstanz.de
Web: carlokoos.wordpress.com