Ch. 8 - Marriage and Family

Ch. 8 - Marriage and Family - ANTH101 Week6...

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ANTH101  Week 6 Marriage and Family Around the World  September 29, 2009 I. Overview a. What is marriage? i. Not entirely universal ii. Socially sanctioned union iii. Legal contractual basis, sharing of property, economic resources  and responsibilities, regulating sex, obligations and responsibilities  towards children born into that union, transforms the social status of  people iv. Cultural relationship  1. Not biological, marriage is not necessary for survival 2. Regulates reproduction 3. Varies between cultures v. Nandi – once a woman gains enough wealth and social status she  can take another woman as her wife vi. Wedding – The ceremony or ritual marking entrance into a  marriage b. Terms:  i. Consanguineal – Blood relatives ii. Affinal – Relatives by marriage iii. Household – Unite of production and sharing II. Endogamy, Exogamy, and the Incest Taboo a. Endogamy – Ideal practice of marrying within a community i. Can be preferred to keep royalty in bloodline ii. Keep property within family/community
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