What is kinship?

  • (noun): State of relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption.
    Synonyms: family relationship, relationship
    See also — Additional definitions below


Kinship is a term with various meanings depending upon the context. This article reflects the long-standing use of the term in anthropology, which is usually considered to refer to the web of social relationships that form an important part of the lives of most humans in most societies, although its exact meanings even within this discipline are often debated (see below).

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Some articles on kinship:

Kinship - Descent - Legal Ramifications
... Kinship and descent have a number of legal ramifications, which vary widely between legal and social structures ... More importantly, kinship and descent enters the legal system by virtue of intestacy, the laws that at common law determine who inherits the estates of the dead in the absence of a will ... Rules of kinship and descent have important public aspects, especially under monarchies, where they determine the order of succession, the heir apparent and the heir presumptive ...
List Of Magic: The Gathering Keywords - Ability Words - Kinship
... Kinship is an ability word that appears in Morningtide ... All cards with kinship are creatures that check, at the beginning of their controller's upkeep, whether the card on top of that player's library shares a creature ...
Systems Theory In Anthropology - Closed Systems
... For instance, kinship system, marriage system, cultural system, religious system, totemic system, etc ... pattern of a reality, they "discovered" the kinship system as a fundamental structure of the natives ... imposing anthropological concepts such as genealogy, kinship, heredity, marriage ...
Scotland In The Early Modern Era - Society - Kinship and Clans
... Unlike in England, where kinship was predominately cognatic (derived through both males and females), in Scotland kinship was agnatic, with members of a group sharing a (sometimes fictional ... between kin groups, rather than a new bond of kinship ... A shared surname has been seen as a "test of kinship", proving large bodies of kin who could call on each other’s support ...
Strategic Reasons For Milk Kinship
... as marriage partners…it brings about a social relationship that is an alternative to kinship bonds based on blood." People of different races and religions could be brought together strategically through the ... Lower Class in Society Milk kinship was as relevant for peasants as ‘fostering’ or as ‘hosting’ other children, in that it secured the good will from their masters and their wives ... end up co-parenting through the link of milk-kinship ...

More definitions of "kinship":

  • (noun): A close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character.
    Example: "Felt a deep kinship with the other students"; "anthropology's kinship with the humanities"
    Synonyms: affinity

Famous quotes containing the word kinship:

    The spiritual kinship between Lincoln and Whitman was founded upon their Americanism, their essential Westernism. Whitman had grown up without much formal education; Lincoln had scarcely any education. One had become the notable poet of the day; one the orator of the Gettsyburg Address. It was inevitable that Whitman as a poet should turn with a feeling of kinship to Lincoln, and even without any association or contact feel that Lincoln was his.
    Edgar Lee Masters (1869–1950)

    The little lives of earth and form,
    Of finding food, and keeping warm,
    Are not like ours, and yet
    A kinship lingers nonetheless....
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)