Anthro2 Lecture #10 Notes: Kinship

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 2
Professor
Jeffrey Hoelle
Semester
Winter

Description
Kinship • Kinship: a culturally defined relationship established on the basis of blood ties or through marriage • Kinship system: kin relations, kin groups, and terms for classifying kin in a society • Most small scale societies are organized around kinship • 3 things are important in kinship: ◦ Families ▪ Nuclear family: organized around the conjugal tie, the relationship between husband and wife ▪ Extended family: blood relations extending over 3 or more generations. The extended family is based on consanguineal, or blood, relations extending over generations. ▪ Economic advantages: keeps land intact and provides security in times of crisis ▪ Provides a sense of participation and dignity for the older family members ◦ Descent/Lineage: a group that come from a common ancestor ▪ Bilineal: tracing descent
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