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Department
Anthropology
Course
AN101
Professor
Anne- Marie Colpron
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 10 Kinship Studies in Anthropology19102011 172600Takes into account Descent and Marriage relationships DecentoThe principal based on culturally recognized parentchild connections that define the social categories Textbook p 235oAllows us to study ancestry ie the transmission of membership to a group of kin through parent child linksoDescent allows us to form different kinds of social groups and even political organization such as lineages and clans In Western culturesWe tend to recognize descent by consanguinity ie by blood relationships mother father grandparents grandchildWe can also recognize as descent a relationship based on nurturance through adoption In other cultures such as Amazonia and Melanesia Descent is not recognized in biological termsA person is considered the father or the mother of a child when they actualize their respective social roleNot all cultures give the same importance to biology as we doMarriage AffinityAn affine is a relative by marriagenot a real blood connection The kinship relationships with the inlaws are called affinal relationships Marriage
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