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Chapter 10: Kinship, Class, and Community

Kinship, Class, and Community

Kinship, class, and community
Douglas R.White

Introduction: Kinship Networks and Cohesion

This review presents studies in various world regions. Each uses network analysis software designed explicitly for kinship studies with explicit network measures of cohesion. It presents evidence of fundamental differences in the forms of marital cohesion that show profoundly variable effects over a wide range of social phenomena, regional scales, and diverse cultures. Social cohesion is the basis of mutuality, cooperation, and well-being in human societies (Council of Europe, 2009). It includes the modes by which people are assimilated into societies, how groups hold power, stratify social relations, and manage the flow of resources. Kinship networks embedded in the civil societies of nation-states, in contrast to smaller-scale societies, are far too rarely studied ...

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