intrB16 - kinship and marriage

intrB16 - kinship and marriage - Anthropology 100 Lecture...

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Anthropology 100 Lecture Outline Kinship and Marriage Systems  1. Kinship : universality and variation - Kinship is essentially a biological universal, in that all living things rely on their kin, as well as themselves, to accomplish their evolutionary goals - The distinctiveness of human kinship lies in its symbolic foundation - our attitudes and behaviors toward kin reflect cultural standards, not a biological blueprint - Like most symbolic systems, kinship systems are in many ways arbitrary - there are a lot of very different ways of reckoning kinship, all of which work - Kinship systems are basic to the way most cultures organize society 2. How we diagram kinship - In anthropological kinship diagrams, triangles refer to men, circles to women - Marriage can be denoted either by an = sign or a connecting line below the people who are married - Abbreviations are used to indicate relationships: F = father, M = mother, B = brother, Z = sister, S = son, D = daughter - These are combined to denote uncles, aunts, grandparents, and so on; thus your uncle could be either your FB or MB; a grandmother could be your FM or MM
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intrB16 - kinship and marriage - Anthropology 100 Lecture...

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