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Unformatted text preview: "The central organizing principle” of Ju/'hoan life is kinship. The system is broken down into 3 parts: Kinship 1 = normal kinship Kinship 2 = name relationship Kinship 3 = the principle of wi • Kinship 1: Joking vs. Avoidance Relationship o The nature of one's relationship with another person. o It is divided into a Joking or Avoidance kin. o A Joking kin, one is allowed to be relaxed and affectionate. o An avoidance kin, however, one is expected to show respect. o It is also not possible to marry a kin whom one has an avoidance relationship with. o Another important principle is the principle of alternating generations. This implies that if you avoid person 'A' you will generally joke with his or her parents and children, and if you joke with person 'A' chances are you will avoid his or her parents and children. • Kinship 2: Names and the Name Relationship o The Ju/'hoansi people do not have last names (or family names). Instead, an individual is "named for somebody". For example, an individual could be named after his paternal grandfather because he is a first-born son. In short, there are rules to govern the inheritance grandfather because he is a first-born son....
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- Spring '09
- Cultural Anthropology, Matrilineality, normal kinship Kinship