Bribri Kinship Relations: The Social Implications of a Matrilineal System

  • Ana Rosa Ruiz FernándezEmail author
  • David Arias Hidalgo
  • Jorge Solano Brenes
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 8)


In the present transcribed, edited and annotated talk, social scientists Ana Rosa Ruiz Fernández, David Arias Hidalgo, and Jorge Solano Brenes present us a discussion of their project with women in Talamanca. They explain the social implications of a matrilineal system in the Bribri and Cabécar cultures, and the ways in which modernity is affecting traditional orderings. They also offer us, in all candidness, an invaluable cautionary tale emanating from their endeavors, showing us how the Western concept of social assistance is in need of urgent revision.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Rosa Ruiz Fernández
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Arias Hidalgo
    • 2
  • Jorge Solano Brenes
    • 3
  1. 1.Consejo InstitucionalInstituto Tecnológico de Costa RicaCartagoCosta Rica
  2. 2.Escuela de Ciencias SocialesInstituto Tecnológico de Costa RicaCartagoCosta Rica
  3. 3.Oficina de Equidad de GéneroInstituto Tecnológico de Costa RicaCartagoCosta Rica

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