4-2 Kinship and subjectivity

4-2 Kinship and subjectivity - System 3 fictive kinship...

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1 Kinship (continued) Social organization (review) ± Last week: Reciprocity (gift exchange) – or how social practices create social ties. ± This week: The formation of social categories (kinship, gender). An anthropologist studying a social group asks questions like: ± How are social categories defined? ± What are the rules for interaction? How do people relate to one another? ± Power – how is it created and maintained? Kinship terms build on the idea of biological descent, but actual kinship is determined by society .
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2 (From Carol Delaney, Investigating Culture , Blackwell 2004, p. 196.) Iroquois system Kinship creates social categories. (From Carol Delaney, Investigating Culture , Blackwell 2004, p. 195.) “Classificatory System” (Iroquois example) (From Carol Delaney, Investigating Culture , Blackwell 2004, p. 195.) “Descriptive” or “Cognatic” Kinship
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Unformatted text preview: System 3 fictive kinship Fictive kinship helps to expand social networks outside the boundaries of the family. Unlike formal kinship categories which are established through social and cultural rules fictive kinship is typically voluntary. Subjectivity: the social self Subjectivity or the subject in anthropology is a term used to refer the person as they are made by society. That is, my subjectivity describes who I am in relation to other people. Friendship is a social practice, that reflects distinct cultural ideals. Kinship terminology monogamy strict monogamy serial monogamy polygamy polygyny polyandry brideservice brideprice/bridewealth dowry levirate sororate patrilineal/matrilineal bilateral/unilineal fictive kinship...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2009 for the course ANTH 002 taught by Professor Hines during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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4-2 Kinship and subjectivity - System 3 fictive kinship...

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