Mother-in-law taboo

A custom most often practised in matrilineal societies which restricts contact between a husband and his wife's mother. They may be enjoined from speaking, looking at or referring to one another. In middle-class Western cultures a mild form of this taboo is given wide recognition in jokes. Although this taboo prevents friction in societies in which the structural interests of husband and mother-in-law conflict, it blocks communication.
Broader Problems:
Related Problems:
Dietary restrictions
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST