wk 10b kinship china - Warm up: Cultural Universals...

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Warm up: Cultural Universals Question: Are there any universals in the cultural construction of families?
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Answer: YES Incest taboo in all cultures But conceptualized differently: Ju/wasi: avoid close kin, and also those who share your name or the name of your kin Trobriands: avoid matrilineal clan members (clan exogamy) but not members of your father’s clan Chinese: avoid patrilineal clan members (clan exogamy) but not members of your mother’s clan U.S.: avoid close kin (how close?)--also ethnic, racial, religious, and class endogamy common
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Today’s Agenda: Kinship Matrilineal Descent Pattern: Study example of Trobriand Islanders in Robbins book Patrilineal Descent Pattern: ex: Traditional Chinese Society Film: “A Small Happiness”
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    Important Lessons Note how the patterns of descent fit with the traditional  economic and social needs of the society Note what the primary family relationship is in each  pattern and understand how this fits with the pattern of  descent
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    Important Lessons Be able to define the difference between matrilineal,  patrilineal and bilateral descent and  it’s relation to  patterns of marriage, arrangement of marriage, relative  power of male or female,  brothers, wives; family living 
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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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wk 10b kinship china - Warm up: Cultural Universals...

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