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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It was not a kinship group in any biological sense.
▪ But Lévi-Strauss is arguing that kinship systems serve a similar discursive role and that they are similarly constructed out of units of meaning.
▪ But, unlike fashion or kinship systems, literature is not only organized like language; it is actually made of language.
▪ Typically, the anthropologist finds that individuals hold titular offices by virtue of their position in the kinship system.
▪ The gens for Morgan is the source from which both later kinship systems and later political systems evolved.
▪ Amongst other things, it records a kinship system which struck Morgan as distinctly odd.
▪ There are differences in family size and family structure, in numbers of children and extended kinship systems.
▪ When you read anything that any anthropologist has written on the topic of kinship terminology be on your guard.
▪ The project will use the results of such analysis to re-examine conventional theories of kinship terminologies.
▪ First, and as before, there was evidence of this stage from kinship terminologies.
▪ The comparative study of kinship terminologies is one of the longest established traditions in academic anthropology.
▪ As groupings became larger, tribes or bands were formed on the basis of more extensive kinship ties.
▪ I have never been in a country where I have felt such a kinship with what the Government was trying to do.
▪ I had felt this kinship, too.
▪ He felt a secret kinship with the ocean.
▪ Once again Sarn Fong felt a kinship with Fakhru.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Kinship \Kin"ship\, n. Family relationship.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1764, from kin + -ship. A more pure word than relationship, which covers the same sense but is a hybrid.


n. 1 relation or connection by blood, marriage or adoption 2 relation or connection by nature or character

  1. n. a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; "found a natural affinity with the immigrants"; "felt a deep kinship with the other students"; "anthropology's kinship with the humanities" [syn: affinity]

  2. state of relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption [syn: family relationship, relationship]

Kinship (TV series)

Kinship ( Simplified Chinese: 手足) is a Singaporean Chinese long running drama which was televised on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp TV Channel 8 every Monday to Friday at 19:00 tonight. The drama is divided into two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

This drama series consists of a cast which aims to appeal to both younger and older audience. As such, producers have cited this drama as a highly anticipated drama, comparable to the likes of Holland V, Double Happiness and Portrait of Home. This drama is one of the longest running dramas with 83 episodes, being produced by MediaCorp in 2007. Despite being a highly anticipated drama, it received more criticism than any other locally produced Chinese-language drama and only half of the expected viewership. It also holds the dubious honor of the first long-running drama to fail to receive a Star Awards nomination for Best Drama and for each of the four acting categories.

Part 1 premiered on 19 June 2007 and ended on 17 August 2007. Part 2 premiered on 17 December 2007 and ended on 8 February 2008.

Kinship (disambiguation)

Kinship is a relationship between any entities that share a genealogical origin, through either biological, cultural, or historical descent.

Kinship may also refer to:

  • Kinship (number theory), an unsolved problem in mathematics
  • Kinship (TV series), a Singaporean Chinese drama

In anthropology, kinship is the web of social relationships that form an important part of the lives of most humans in most societies, although its exact meanings even within this discipline are often debated. Anthropologist Robin Fox states that "the study of kinship is the study of what man does with these basic facts of lifemating, gestation, parenthood, socialization, siblingship etc." Human society is unique, he argues, in that we are "working with the same raw material as exists in the animal world, but [we] can conceptualize and categorize it to serve social ends." These social ends include the socialization of children and the formation of basic economic, political and religious groups.

Kinship can refer both to the patterns of social relationships themselves, or it can refer to the study of the patterns of social relationships in one or more human cultures (i.e. kinship studies). Over its history, anthropology has developed a number of related concepts and terms in the study of kinship, such as descent, descent group, lineage, affinity/affine, consanguinity/cognate and fictive kinship. Further, even within these two broad usages of the term, there are different theoretical approaches.

Broadly, kinship patterns may be considered to include people related by both descent – i.e. social relations during development – and by marriage. Human kinship relations through marriage are commonly called "affinity" in contrast to the relationships that arise in one's group of origin, which may be called one's descent group. In some cultures, kinship relationships may be considered to extend out to people an individual has economic or political relationships with, or other forms of social connections. Within a culture, some descent groups may be considered to lead back to gods or animal ancestors ( totems). This may be conceived of on a more or less literal basis.

Kinship can also refer to a principle by which individuals or groups of individuals are organized into social groups, roles, categories and genealogy by means of kinship terminologies. Family relations can be represented concretely (mother, brother, grandfather) or abstractly by degrees of relationship (kinship distance). A relationship may be relative (e.g. a father in relation to a child) or reflect an absolute (e.g. the difference between a mother and a childless woman). Degrees of relationship are not identical to heirship or legal succession. Many codes of ethics consider the bond of kinship as creating obligations between the related persons stronger than those between strangers, as in Confucian filial piety.

In a more general sense, kinship may refer to a similarity or affinity between entities on the basis of some or all of their characteristics that are under focus. This may be due to a shared ontological origin, a shared historical or cultural connection, or some other perceived shared features that connect the two entities. For example, a person studying the ontological roots of human languages ( etymology) might ask whether there is kinship between the English word seven and the German word sieben. It can be used in a more diffuse sense as in, for example, the news headline " Madonna feels kinship with vilified Wallis Simpson", to imply a felt similarity or empathy between two or more entities.

In biology, "kinship" typically refers to the degree of genetic relatedness or coefficient of relationship between individual members of a species (e.g. as in kin selection theory). It may also be used in this specific sense when applied to human relationships, in which case its meaning is closer to consanguinity or genealogy.

Usage examples of "kinship".

Rosa have much ground to claim kinship in the collateral of Afrikanerdom where, if you went back three hundred years, every Cloete and Smit and van Heerden would turn out to have blood-ties with everyone else.

But the New Amazonian system was based on personal contact, kinship and friendship systems, alliances and bargains hammered out during drawn-out suppers.

Schools, did not remember the broader patterns of responsibilities and kinship that operated in Barding households, and it struck her for the first time.

But in the dim light Kane recognized immediately the kinship of this monolithic crystal to the bloodstone ring upon his forger.

When they had mutely acknowledged their kinship with a smile - the Chechen country-crunk music filling the club was amped up to 11, and made talking impossible - the guy nodded to Cirri that she should go first.

Though the ties of kinship were strong in the Fincastles and Craigies, the moral climate of Calvinism was not favourable to effervescent emotion.

KINSHIP was wandering around at the head of a retinue of cameramen, sound recordists and general dogbodies when I arrived at Newbury racecourse on the following day, Wednesday.

Fison may after all be right in referring the partiality of a Fijian grandfather for his grandson in the last resort to a system of exogamy and female kinship.

Their strategy in dealing with them proved their kinship: they let the grinning, gauntleted vampires close with them and charge, then ducked through Mobius doors.

Laurence could not help but feel a certain kinship with him, as a fellow Westerner in the depths of the Oriental enclave, and though De Guignes was himself not a military man, his familiarity with the French aerial corps made him sympathetic company.

Nevertheless, it was a passable imitation, though bearing a closer kinship to the subsidence formations of the Martian Tithonius Lacus than to the hydrologically formed Grand Canyon of Arizona.

In the course of time it would go down into legend and tradition, as the thing which the Hindu theologians call Jataka, and I felt a sort of kinship, of comradeship, with that many-armed, grinning old idol of Shiva Natarajah.

A man who had no lower to fall was dangerous and his innocent claiming of Mohock kinship had obviously rattled the fellow.

The Piegan and Blackfeet have a kinship, I believe, but I am not clear on just what the relationship is.

The Oblomovka meals that Oblomov reminisces about in dream visions of his childhood past convey a precapitalist kinship model and a connection with folk mythology that have at their center a sense of nurturing, harmony, and communion, all of which the hero, as an adult, finds woefully lacking in the bustling St.