15. Kinship-Family-Marriage

Using the textbook Essentials of Cultural Anthropology for Cultural Anthropology 2020, after reading about Gender and Sexuality, we read about “Kinship, Family, and Marriage.”

For some anthropological depth, if this course were offered in the 1950s, this chapter might have been the first chapter, or at least a huge part of the course. “In the early 1950s, in the heyday of British structural-functionalism, kinship studies were in fact so dominant that outsiders spoke ironically of [anthropology] as kinshipology” (Eriksen 2017, 99).

For related material in an Intro-to-Anthropology 2021 course, see Kinship Circulation and Marriage is a social process using the textbook Anthropology: What does it mean to be human?


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