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Response7 - Amber Chambers Anthro 106 Response Paper 7...

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Amber Chambers April 10, 2008 Anthro 106 Response Paper 7 The “ego” in this genealogical interview is a friend of mine. She is a part of a family system very much like my own. Similar to my own family relationship, hers is comprised of nuclear relationships- those of a mother, father, and child. She decides who is a part of her family firstly by blood relation and marriage and secondly by how well she knows each person. When someone in her family gets married, his or her spouse becomes a part of her family, along with their child(ren). The spouse’s family, however, is not considered a part of the family, except in rare cases. This is a result of not seeing these “in-laws” very often. All of the marriages in my friend’s family have been “love marriages,” at least for a very long time. The family is neolocal. Her grandparents on her mother’s side moved to a new state away from either of their families. Their children chose to stay near their parents, but their grandchildren have spread out and have become neolocal as well. My
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