The kinship network and social change

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The kinship network and social change. 1. One of the most important areas of social science is the study of the family as the basic social unit for reproduction, residence and economic life in nearly all societies. But family structures and family relationships (kinship) do have different forms in different parts of the world. In this lecture I will discuss some of the main patterns. 2. The basis of the family is biological: (i) women produce children, (ii) to do so they have to have sex with men (iii) usually brothers and sisters/parents and children do not mate with each other, so the regulation of sex means establishing links (marriage) with other groups. There are a few unusual cases in which brothers and sisters did mate with each, notably Egypt under Greek and Roman rule from about 300 BC to 70AD – but it is unusual. (The usual explanation is that children who grow up together find each other boring and look for other partners.) (iv) while children are young they are dependent, and it is the mother who does most of the work of rearing them;
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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