DSST Anthropology as a Discipline 2

Question 14 of 40 membership of a clan is socially

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Question 14 of 40 Membership of a clan is socially defined in terms of actual or purported descent from a common ancestor . Your Answer: Explanation This descent is unilineal-—i.e., derived only through the male (patriclan) or the female (matriclan). Normally, but not always, the clans are exogamous, marriage within the clan being forbidden and regarded as incest. The clan- is a kinship group of fundamental importance in the structure of many societies. Question 15 of 40
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Affiliation with a group of kin through descent links of one sex only is called unilineal descent. Your Answer: Explanation Both patrilineality (father's lineage) and matrilineality (mother's lineage) are types of unilineal descent. Question 16 of 40 In anthropology, phratry is a cluster of sibs, clans, or kinship groups that have grouped together, either because they share a belief in a common ancestor or because, even though the sibs or clans are not actually related by blood, they have adopted common ceremonial and kinship practices. Your Answer: Explanation The term phratry also must refer to three or more groups constituting a tribal society. (With only two such groupings, the society takes on features of dual organization, and the groups are termed moieties.) Question 17 of 40 According to a strict definition, moieties are groups that are exogamous (i.e., marriage between members of the same moiety is forbidden), of unilineal descent, and in some sense opposed. Your Answer: Explanation Sometimes the term moiety is used more loosely to refer simply to one of two divisions of a society, regardless of descent or marriage regulation, but in anthropology, the definition is "Either of two kinship groups based on unilateral descent that together make up a tribe or society." Question 18 of 40 Cognatic, or bilateral , descent is, in a sense, the opposite of double descent. In a cognatic society there are no unilineal groups (i.e., groups descended strictly in the father's or mother's line). Your Answer: Explanation A person is reckoned to be equally related to kinfolk on either side of the family. Western societies are mostly cognatic: although surnames, titles of nobility, and so on are inherited patrilineally, there are no longer any patrilineal descent groups as such. For example, a 20th-century Italian, unlike an ancient Roman, feels no closer to his father's brother's child than to any other cousin. They share the same surname, but they do not share membership in a descent group comparable to the Roman gens. Question 19 of 40 The children of siblings of the opposite sex are called cross -cousins. Your Answer:
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Explanation A person’s cross-cousins are the children of either the father’s sisters or the mother’s brothers. Question 20 of 40
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