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  1. 1. Presentation by Hashmat Habib PhD scholar Anthropology
  2. 2. What is Kinship? • The bond of blood or marriage which binds people together in group. • According to the Dictionary of Anthropology, kinship system includes socially recognized relationships based on supposed as well as actual genealogical ties. These relationships are the result of social interaction and recognized by society.
  3. 3. Types of kinship:- • Affinal Kinship (marital relationships) Relationships based upon marriage or cohabitation. • Consanguineous kinship (blood relations) connections between people that are traced by blood. . Lineal kins:- direct decedents . Siblings:- brothers, sisters . Collateral kins:- related through indirect relationship e.g. father’s brother
  4. 4. Why is kinship important to people It determines:- • Status in society( Decent, Lineage) • Whom to marry. • Inheritance • Power • Ancestry
  5. 5. Why is it of interest to us (anthropologists) • Kinship is important in understanding how societies are organized and how they worked. • Kinship also has political and economic aspects.
  6. 6. Kin types and Kin terms • Kin terms are the labels given in a particular culture to different kinds of relatives. • Biological kin type refers to the degree of actual genealogical relatedness.
  7. 7. Kinship by Blood • Descent • Unilineal descent • Patrilineal descent • Matrilineal descent • Bilineal descent • Ambilineal descent • Double descent
  8. 8. Descent • Tracing of kinship relationships through parentage . • Identify ancestry. • Assign people to social categories, groups, and roles on the basis of inherited status.
  9. 9. Unilineal descent • People trace ancestry through either the mother’s or father’s line, but not both. • About 60 % of kinship systems are unilineal. • In many societies descent groups assume important corporate functions such as land holding.
  10. 10. Patrilineal descent • Most prevalent. • Established by tracing descent exclusively through males from a founding ancestor. • Both men and women are included but only male links are utilized to include successive generations. • Tends towards male dominated power- structure. • Among 45% of all cultures. • The worlds most strongly patrilineal systems are found in east Asia, South Asia, and Middle East (see Everyday Anthropology on page 188)
  11. 11. Matrilineal descent • Established by tracing only through female ancestor. • A man’s children are not included in his matrilineal group but his sisters are, this makes him important as an uncle. • Property is inherited through female line. • Matrilineal descent exists in about 15 % of all cultures. • Mostly found among foragers and in agricultural and horticulturalist societies. e.g. Trobriand Islanders, khasi tribe.
  12. 12. Continue…… • Found in many native North American groups, Central Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific, Australia, Eastern and Southern India, Northern Bangladesh etc. • The Minangkabou of Indonesia are the largest matrilineal group in the world.(Culturoma on Page 190)
  13. 13. Bilineal descent • Traces kinship from both parents equally. • Found in about one-third of the worlds cultures(Murdock 1965). • Treat relatives on one side just like on the other- symmetrical. • “aunt” applies to father’s sister and mother’s sister without distinguishing which side. e.g. Toda of Southern India and Northern America. • Does not function as a group except at weddings and funerals. • Little generation depth. • No leader.
  14. 14. Ambilineal descent • People choose the descent group that to belong to. • Since each generation can choose which parent to trace decent through, a family line may be patrilineal in one generation and matrilineal in the next. • E.g. when a man marries a women from a politically or economically more important family, he may agree to let his children identify with their mother’s family line to enhance their prospects and standing with the society.
  15. 15. Kinship by Marriage
  16. 16. •Marriage :- A socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them. • Two rules of marriage:- 1. Endogamy:- the social rule which states that a partner must be selected from person’s own social group. 2. Exogamy:- the rule which proclaims that a partner must be chosen from a group different from one’s own.
  17. 17. Kinship symbols Anthropologists frequently use diagrams to illustrate kinship relationships to make them more understandable. Characters = female = male = deceased female = deceased male = female ego = male ego = unknown gender Relationship kin abbreviations = married to = is cohabiting = divorced from = adopted female = adopted male = descended from = sibling of Mo = mother Fa = father Br = brother Z = sister H = husband W = wife Da = daughter So = son Co = cousin
  18. 18. Activity • We will try to trace our kinship by making a genealogy, up to our grand parents.
  19. 19. • = Ego (Hashmat Habib)
  20. 20. References: • B.R. Indrani, 2016, Anthropology, the study of man, S.Chand India. • C.R. Ember, M. Ember, P.N. Peregrine,2015, Anthropology, Pearson India. • D.N.Majumdar, T.N.Madan,2017, An introduction to social anthropology, Mayur paperbacks India. • Family and Kinship, ppt by Jomar Joseph Cioco. • Kinship, marriage and the household, ppt by Rizel Malanday.
  21. 21. Hashmat Habib