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Joint Family: The Concept 

The Indian family has been characterized for long as a joint family (samyukta kuṭumb) or undivided family (avibhakta kuṭumb) in literature as well as in popular thought. Its definition, however, presents complicated problems. First of al…

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A.M. Shah and Tulsi Patel, “Family”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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