anthro notes ch.19

anthro notes ch.19 - Ch. 19: Marriage Marriage: the union...

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Ch. 19: Marriage Marriage: the union between a man and a woman such that children born to the woman are recognized as legitimate offspring of both partners Six Things Marriage Accomplishes: 1. Establishes the legal father of a woman’s children and the legal mother of a man’s 2. Gives either or both spouses a monopoly on the sexuality of the other 3. Gives either or both spouses rights to the labor of the other 4. Gives either or both spouses rights over the other’s property 5. Establishes a joint fund of property – a partnership – for the benefit of the children 6. Establishes a socially significant “relationship of affinity” between spuses and their relatives Genitor: the biological father of the child Pater: the socially recognized father Mater: socially recognized mother brings up the question why can’t two lesbians be the maters of a child to whom only one of them gave birth Exogamy: the practice of seeking a husband or wife outside one’s own group links people into a wider social network that nurtures, helps, and protects them in times of need Incest: a sexual relation with someone considered to be a close relative all cultures have taboos against it Parallel Cousins: the children of two brothers or two sisters
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Emory.

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