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Family Systems, Kinship

  • By: Melinda Mills
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Studies
  • Edited by: Helmut K. Anheier & Mark Juergensmeyer
  • Subject:Globalization, Social Policy (general), Cultural Geography

Family and kinship systems are the most fundamental units, or primary social orders, by which individuals are organized into groups. They serve to define key social roles and determine the distribution of resources. The term family systems implies that ...

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