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Unformatted text preview: 1 Lecture 17 Outline 10/20/11 Kinship Kinship: social relations based on culturally recognized ties by descent and marriage. Important points about kinship: Kinship is a feature of all human societies. The notion of kinship starts from the biological tie between a child and its parents. While biology provides the basis for kinship, the ways in which people define and use kinship are determined by sociocultural considerations, not biological ones. The biological basis of kinship is universal, but kinship as social relations and definitions of kinship relationships vary from culture to culture. Kinship categories: Consanguinity: culturally defined biological relationships or relationships by blood; those so linked are consanguines. The notion of blood in relatedness is culturally constructed and varies from society to society. Affinity: relationships formed through marriage; those so linked are affines. 2 The particular notion of relatedness in each society is expressed in its kinship terminology....
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ANT 2410 taught by Professor Peon during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.
- Fall '08
- Cultural Anthropology