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Introduction to Anthropology

Critical Thinking Questions

Introduction to AnthropologyCritical Thinking Questions

1 .
What is kinship, and how does it affect the way society functions?
2 .
How do terms of reference and address affect relationships within the family?
3 .
Draw your own kinship chart using lineal kinship terminology. Then, redraw the chart in the bifurcate merging and generational forms. How does your family change as a result of changing the way you define family?
4 .
How does kinship affect your life? Give three examples of kinship relationships in which you have rights and/or responsibilities. You may choose to include an example of fictive kinship.
5 .
Describe the different types of marriage with which you are familiar in your own community. How are they alike and different?
6 .
What is the role of individuals’ families in your community before and after marriage?
7 .
Marriage compensation occurs in many different cultures. What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of each of these forms of compensation? Consider the importance of each of these forms over the course of an individual’s lifetime.
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