Family Kinship Africa Notes

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Family Kinship Africa 19:01 3 fundamental social groups -Kinship -Other criteria – age, skill or craftsmanship -Residence/locality Why are they interesting  Difference -Hillary Clintons  it takes a difference -Process of communal effort who are related to you; relationships between   families Challenges ‘common sense’ and Western assumptions of ‘rational’ life Different sense of ‘common sense’ between different societies 1 challenge is knowing what it means to be rational in a society; rational or  irrational is different in African and US Irrational or rational customs of adoption: o America – adoption is taking someone in and becoming in family o Africa – taking a child is already in the family, “ every child is everyone’s  child”  [collective practices] Differences in Functionality What is Kinship? - relatiationship that binds indifivuals either through : birth or marriage -culturally invented relationships 
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Birth – blood/ consanguine relations -   emphasized in Africa -challenges of life of tradtition and family role Marriage- affinal relations emphasized in the west Consanguine Relationships 4 Basic Ways Unilineal Descent systems:     1) Patrinilieneal descent -through father; eg Lou and Luhya of Kenya, Yoruba  of Nigeria, etc 2) Matrinlineal Descrent –  trhough male relatives of mother; eg: akan of  Ghana 3) Duolineal or biolineal descent-  trhough both parent 4) Biolateral descrent-   through both sets of grandparents eg. Hausa of 
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