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[wes-ter-mahrk; Finnish ves-tuh r-mahrk] /ˈwɛs tərˌmɑrk; Finnish ˈvɛs tərˌmɑrk/
Edward Alexander
[ed-werd al-ig-zan-der,, -zahn-;; Finnish ed-vahrd ah-lek-sahn-duh r] /ˈɛd wərd ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər,, -ˈzɑn-;; Finnish ˈɛd vɑrd ˌɑ lɛkˈsɑn dər/ (Show IPA),
1862–1939, Finnish sociologist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Historical evidence of control of marriage: Westermarck's evidence.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • Prof. Westermarck traces it to a horror of blood; very probably; but other things may co-operate towards it.

  • For Westermarck is quite right in his view that children are not the result of marriage, but marriage is the result of children.

    Sex and Society

    William I. Thomas
  • Here we may briefly advert to Dr. Westermarck's theory of exogamy, though it interrupts the harmonious issue of our speculations.

  • As to exogamy, Dr. Westermarck explains it by 'an instinct' against marriage of near kin.

  • Even at Dr. Westermarck's stage of the dawn of barter, 'marriage by capture must have been very common.'

  • For in that case they could have had (we are to fancy) no erotic desires towards each other; that is Dr. Westermarck's idea.

  • Our study of psychoneurotic disturbances points to a more comprehensive explanation, which includes that of Westermarck.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
  • In this connection we may note an observation of Westermarck's during his residence among the country people of Morocco.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • The works of Hobhouse, Sumner, Westermarck contain copious references to the original sources.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

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