Lecture 20 Kinship family and marriage

Lecture 20 Kinship family and marriage - Lecture 20 Outline...

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Anthropology Wisdom about Kinship, Family, and Marriage Unity of kinship, family, and marriage As noted in the lecture on the family, every human society has a certain type of kinship, of which marriage is the starting point and nuclear family is the foundation. The descent theory Most “primitive societies” practiced unilineal descent, mostly patrilineal and some martilineal. The descent principle provided a scheme for social order and a bond for social cohesion. Descent was a person’s primary social identity and target of allegiance. People interacted with each other according to the propinquity of relatedness. In societies such as the Nuer (see Peters-Golden pp. 168-185), a descent group was not merely a primary social group, but also a political organization that could be mobilized situationally against other comparable, but remotely related or non-related, groups. In most patrilineal societies, male authority and male
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