wk 10A 2009 kinship - Wk 10: Agenda Key Questions: What is...

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Wk 10: Agenda Key Questions: What is the composition of a “typical” family group? How is the family formed and maintained? What are the roles of sexuality, love and wealth? What threatens to disrupt the family unit?
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Kinship Definition: The complex system of culturally defined social relationships based on marriage (principle of affinity) and birth (principle of consanguinity)
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Key Considerations Descent Family and other kin groups Marriage residence
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Descent Descent is based on the notion of a common heritage. A cultural rule tying people on the basis of reputed common ancestry. Descent guides inheritance, group loyalty, and formation of families and extended kin groups
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Bilateral Descent Links a person to kin through both males and females simultaneously Ex. American families Americans equally tied to maternal and paternal kin No linguistic distinction tween mother’s siblings and father’s siblings
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American Family Group George Murdock: A kin group consisting of at least one married couple sharing the same residence with their children and performing sexual, reproductive, economic, and educational functions Nuclear family: A single married couple and their children
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American Family Group Is this a nuclear American family? Is this a nuclear American family?
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Ju/Wasi: Bilateral Descent Hunter-gatherers Lived in small mobile groups of around 30-40 people around shared water hole Camp groups often organized around brother/sister pair who own the water hole and their spouses and children
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Ju/Wasi Family Group Basic Economic Unit: Nuclear Family of husband, wife and children Children spend most time with mothers
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2009 for the course ANT 302 taught by Professor Seriff during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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