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ASRC 191 October 11, 2007 Guest Lecturer: Family Focus in Africa I. What is the meaning of the family? a. Universal social institution b. Oldest social institution: economy, religion, ect. c. Different contexts: i. African Extended Family 1. Includes large number of people 2. Many nuclear families within 3. Have relations just as strong as Nuclear family 4. “Brother” applies to all males same age ii. Nuclear Family 1. Mother, Father, Siblings iii. Lineage 1. Relationship through which you can trace ancestry and descent 2. Line of decent 3. Includes blood relations iv. Kinship 1. Group of people that are united beyond relation by blood 2. Related by law 3. Spouses, adopted children II. Social Function a. Family organized to meet expectations of functions b. Regulation of sexual behavior i. Incest, taboos, all defined within family ii. Endogamy: prescribes that you must marry within specific boundary that is defined on basis of religion, group, similar iii. Exogamy: marriage outside of boundary, in relation to incest
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