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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 100
Professor
Jennifer Liu
Semester
Winter

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ANTH 102 Chapter 6: Kinship and Domestic Life FEB 1 What is kinship? - A sense of being related. varies cross-culturally What is a kinship system 3 ways of being kin - Descent  birth into particular group, 2 major types  unilineal (through one parent)  partorilisam, horticulture, and agricultural modes of livelihood  basis of 60% of kinships  Minankabau of Indonesia, world’s largest matrilineal culture   bilineal  descent from both parents  married couple live away from parents “neolocal residence”  inheritance is equal among all children regardless of gender - Sharing  Adopting and fostering  Godparents  Food sharing - Marriage  Problem defining marriage since many varieties exist  Criteria’s for defining marriage: numbers of people involved, gender/sexual orientation of people involved, function of the relationships – intercourse, legitimacy of children, shared property  Definition: marriage is more or less a stable union, usually between two people who may/may not be co-residential, sexually involved
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