Kinship: Themes and Variations
Kinship - beliefs and behaviours that reflect the
ideology of human biology and reproduction (culturally constructed as
rules of descent and marriage).
Underlying biological framework => Universal
of kinship systems:
lengthy infant maturation period that requires a
from one and usually both parents to nurture and educate dependent
the presence of a marital bond that creates a
ideally exclusive sexual and economic relationship between two or more
division of labor based on gender,
prohibition on intercourse and marriage between
which creates a widely articulated network of relationships between
related by birth and marriage.
Cultural Variations - In spite of universals, many
variations in kinship systems have been recorded.
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