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Gender Roles, Traditions & Generations to Come: The Staffing of Social and Political Institutions

Wade C Mackey


Published: 2002/09/01


Whatever else a social or political institution may require, ongoing staffing is a necessary, if not sufficient requirement for its continuing existence. People are the sine qua non of any community or organization. If any community cannot generate a populace, then the organizations within that community lose their viability. It is suggested that a sea-change in reproductive dynamics occurred during the 1960's which lent greater survivability, to some cultural formulae and lent lesser survivability to alternative cultural formulae. Cross-national data are presented which suggests that a community organized around gender complementarity has a competitive advantage, across generations, over a community organized around gender egalitarianism.