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.
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “kinship” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Lévi-Strauss, Claude. 1949. The Elementary Structures of Kinship.
- Mead, Margaret, and Ken Heyman. 1965. Family. New York: Macmillan.
- Morgan, Lewis Henry. 1871. Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.
- A Kinship Glossary – Michael Dean Murphy – Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama: anthropology.ua.edu
- Kinship and Descent – Tim Roufs – Cultural Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth: umn.edu
- Kinship Residence Rules: family.jrank.org
- The Nature of Kinship – Glossary of Terms: anthro.palomar.edu
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How to Cite the Definition of Kinship
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “kinship.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 25, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/kinship/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
kinship. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/kinship/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “kinship.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 25, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/kinship/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“kinship.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 25 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/kinship/>.