Example: Extended families.
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- Plural: kinships
- Kin is the shortened version of kinship.
- Kinship theory studies kinship rules.
- This is a simplified definition of a vast continuum of societal and cultural practices that is one of the most studied subjects in sociology and particularly in anthropology.
- Kinship rules are specific and can govern an individual’s descent, customs, inheritance, marriage options, obligations, residence, rights, roles, socially appropriate sexual relations, and statuses.
- Kinship is one of the primary institutional and organizational principles of society and is socially universal.
- Lewis Henry Morgan‘s (1818–1881) Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity in the Human Family (1871) and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s (1908–2009) The Elementary Structures of Kinship (1949) helped establish the study of kinship as a distinct field of anthropology and sociology. Morgan and Lévi-Strauss among other kinship writers were critiqued by David M. Schneider (1918–1995) in American Kinship: A Cultural Account and A Critique of the Study of Kinship (1984). Schneider ‘s work reinvigorated the study of kinship.
- Kinship used in a sentence: The study of kinship has a long history in sociology and anthropology.