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Chapter 35: Kinship Network Analysis
Kinship Network Analysis
Kinship in a Network Perspective
Kinship, like language, is a structure, not a substance.1 The distinctive features of kinship networks reside less in how their constitutive ties – be they biological, jural, ritual, symbolic, or whatever – are defined and established than in the way these ties are organized. Kinship network theory is thus not just another “application” of general network theoretic methods to a particular social domain but a specific branch of social network theory in itself, defined by its own axioms and described by its own theorems.
Kinship networks are characterized by the interplay of three fundamental principles: filiation, marriage, and gender. We ordinarily represent filiation by a set of arcs (descent arcs) that are directed ...