kinship - Wednesday March 26, 2008 Kinship "Omaha...

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Wednesday March 26, 2008 Kinship Omaha kinship patriline One difference between our system and Omaha is how we treat cousins. (On our fathers side there are two different kinds or cousins) Cross cousins-gender shift one generation up (fathers sister s kids or mothers brothers kids) Parallel cousins- [siblings] cousins where the gender does not change one generation up (father s brother s kids or mothers sister s kids) Crow - matrilines (mirror of the Omaha) Moiety system- RED marries BLUE simple exchange (arranged marriages within cross cousins) Endogamy- marriage within the group Incest taboo (taboo = forbidden) - sex between close relatives Why this is wrong: 1. Inbreeding avoidance- the risk of unwanted or bad traits being passed on 2. Familiarity breeds contempt- being around certain people since childhood makes those certain people unattractive to us (Westermark came up with this theory, Observed and collected data; Talmon 1964, Wolf 1968) 3. Family disruption theory- (Malinowski)
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