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Kinship

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Lisa Garibaldi

on 15 March 2017

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Transcript of Kinship

Kinship
Why are anthropologists interested in kinship?
Purposes of Marriage
Family Structures
Monogamy
Polygamy
Polyandry- One wife, multiple husbands
Fraternal
Polygyny- One husband, multiple wives
Sororal
Widows

Forms of Marriage
High level of family input into marriage partners
Typically not forced
Marriages based on respect for family and culture
Divorce occurs at very low levels
Arranged Marriages
Kinship Naming Practices
Invention of the Victorian Era
Based on beliefs about love
Much higher rates of divorce
Love Marriages
Cultural Variation in Kinship
Important Terminology
Consanguine = blood relatives
affines or affinal relatives = In-laws and Spouses
Fictive kinship = bonds between friends, godparents, etc.
Decent systems
Unilateral
Patriarchal
Matriarchal
Bilateral
Joining families
Marking Paternity
Determining inheritance
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