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Fictive Kinship

A socially recognized link between individuals created as an expedient for dealing with special circumstances, such as the bond between a godmother and her godchild. fictive kinship bonds are based on friendship and other personal relationships rather than marriage and descent.

Question: Why is kinship so important to anthropologists? Whhat do real and fictive kinship tell us about the beliefs and expectations people hold toward one another?

Answer: Because kinship means family, and a family is the most important element of our species!


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