Kinship FAQs:


Q: Is kinship the web of social relationships that form an important part of the lives of most humans in most societies?

A: Yes, although its exact meanings even within this discipline are often debated.

Q: Is kinship reckoned bilaterally and come together for only short periods?

A: Yes.

Q: Is kinship also classificatory?

A: Yes.

Q: Is kinship the study of what man does with these basic facts of life – mating?

A: Yes, and gestation, parenthood, socialization, siblingship etc.

Q: Was kinship formulated in British social anthropology?

A: Yes.

Q: Was kinship Morgan's Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family?

A: Yes, As is the case with other social sciences, Anthropology and kinship studies emerged at a time when the understanding of the Human species' comparative place in the world was somewhat different from today's. Evidence that life in stable social groups is not just a feature of humans, but also of many other primates, was yet to emerge and society was considered to be a uniquely human affair.

Q: Is kinship a privileged system and if so?

A: Yes, and why, remains without a satisfactory answer.

Q: Was kinship a flexible idiom that had something of the grammar of a language?

A: Yes, and both in the uses of terms for kin but also in the fluidities of language, meaning, and networks.