Kinship System

KinshipSystem

GreatGrandparents

Grandparents

Parents

X X X XIIIIII II

Children

X XII II

Nephew&ampNiece

Ego

Bloodrelative II

Parallel&amp cross cousins X

Closekin group

Marriage

Divorce

Female

Male

Deceased

Discussion

Akinship elaborates marriage system of persons and thetrans-generations arrangement of people who share the same bond.According to (Jones, 2013) Anthropologists suggest that kinshipillustrates a political marriage in consideration of a community. Theabove kinship depicts a matrilineal kin of generation and themarriage bound within the system. Kinship, therefore, concentrates ontracing the female ancestral lineage and concentrates in bonding thefamily relation. However, the family allows patrilineal in thekinship in order to give members marriage bound at the extendedfamily. Depending on various cultural beliefs on marriage laws, thekinship above does not restrict the marriage within the kinship.Nonetheless, the matrilineal system has responsibilities andprivileges traced through the ego’s Mothers. Therefore, the abovematrilineal kinship defines the properties of the family and identifythe female gender to inherit and control the property passed from thegrandparents. Therefore, kinship relation will depend much on thefactors from the environment and the policies of a country and familyissues.

Consideringthe above, kinship the ego can trace generation and intermarriagewithin the kinship from grandparents to the grandchildren. Thisillustrates a strong social tie within the family tree through thecross-cousin marriage and parallel cousin marriage. The familypolicies and cultural beliefs allow the family relate within thematrilineal lineage. The cultural beliefs in the above matrilinealkinship determine the names of persons to marry and where to live andthe inheritance that will pass on from the next generation. Further,the extended family place restriction on persons not to marry. Inthis aspect, the kinship grows in particular cultural laws with fewerdisagreements in the families (Jones, 2013). However, this rulescould be affected by the divorce which is a taboo in the community.This factor could rise in depending on the family relation and way ofresolving issues. Therefore, divorce is allowed in case of continuousdisagreement in a family. The above kinship tries to build a strongbond within the lineage to keep family cultural values throughout thegenerations and to keep the wealth within the kinship. Moreover, thissystem of cousin marriage favors dowry prices and maintains thefamily.

Finally,the cousin marriage accepts in this kinship has protected the familystructure and the wealth acquired by the grandparents. The idealcultural practice on cousin intermarriage allows family decisions oninheritance to be more effective and strengthen the bond of therelatives. The biological and social considerations, therefore, allowthe cross-cousin marriage in a kinship tree. Moreover, this systemallows the family tree resolve issues within the family rather thanusing the third-party in determining the case presented. The kinshipis an important system of family that bond people on marriage andprotection of the family wealth. The traditions beliefs protectkinship system to allow people relate and share one thing in common.Nevertheless, the traditional and religious beliefs support variouskinship system depending on the customs. Several countries havebylaws that regulate the birth rate more so in the densely populatedcountries. Besides, death rates in a kinship could be another factorto that hinder the birth of more children.

References

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Jones,W. (2013). Basicelements of kinship system: A synthesis.New Delhi: Cyber Tech

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