Learning Objectives

After you have read this chapter, you will be able to:

9.1 Define kinship and kinship systems

9.2 Explain three basic functions of kinship systems and compare unilineal kinship systems to nonunilineal kinship systems

9.3 Summarize the key differences between patrilineal kinship and matrilineal kinship

9.4 Assess the relative position of men and women in matrilineal and patrilineal kinship societies

9.5 Discuss the differences between bilateral and ambilineal descent systems

9.6 List some of the principles commonly used for classifying kin and compare kin classification and behavior in the United States and North India

9.7 Articulate the major systems of kinship