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Unformatted text preview: Kinship relations can be based on blood (consanguinity) and marriage (affinity) kinship as socially constructed o biology important in kinship relations but more social than biological relation in Africa o biology filtered through a social lens and value system Major Question of Defining who you are Who are my relatives? What do my relatives and I have to do with each other? Each society answered these questions by using its own historical experience to define kin Who qualified as a relative and what was expected from those who were considered relative differed? Individual African societies have stressed some genealogical links and ignored others o Different expectations of relatives than other non-relatives o Relationship/related hierarchy o Defines obligations/rights/favors/demands to ask of that person...
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- Fall '10