Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Kinship, Family and Marriage

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences


This course will examine some of the basic issues in the study of the family and kinship: incest prohibitions, the developmental cycle of the domestic group marriage as a means to create alliance or as a means to transmit resources rights and social positions to socially recognised descendants, the difference between patrilineal, matrilineal and bilateral systems of descent, the structural implications of close kin marriage especially in the Mediterranean the meaning of marriage payments, kinship and descent in North Africa and the Middle East, the relationship between kinship and social organization, the significance of kinship morality, the significance of spiritual kinship, patterns of divorce in various societies including the Mediterranean, and the evolution of kinship and marriage in Europe, etc.

Reading List:

- J. Goody, The Character of Kinship;
- C. Harris, Kinship; Ladislav Holy, Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship;
- Robin Fox, Kinship and Marriage;
- J. Carsten (ed.), Cultures of Relatedness;
- P. Schweitzer, Dividends of Kinship;
- M. Fortes, Kinship and the Social Order.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Paul Sant Cassia

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