kinship on a non-western society

Introduction : Why do you call the family of your spouse (or the spouse of a relative) in-laws? What is kinship? Fictive kinship? When we want to imply a special relationship with someone, why do we almost always refer to them as a family member? For example, a sorority has as its members women who call each other sisters, but who are not in fact sisters. The purpose of sorority members calling each other sisters is to create a sibling-like bond between them. Kinship and family are two of the core concepts in cultural anthropology and it behooves us to learn more about them. For this assignment you will find an example of fictive kinship or another interesting aspect of a cultural construct of kinship, describe it, describe its function(s), and analyze its importance in the culture in which it is found.

You must use data from a non-Western society (that is, a society that is not European and not culturally related to European society, such as the larger US society is). In other words, you can work with societies such as Taiwan-Hokkien, or Western Apache, or Mbuti (Africa) or Kogi (South American Indian), etc.

Paper Specifics: The paper should be approximately 4-5 typed pages in length. You will use 11-point, Arial font with normal (1 inch) margins on all sides. Please spell check and read your paper- I will take points off for lack of clarity or readability due to spelling/word errors.

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