kinship system

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Noun1.kinship system - (anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed
organization, arrangement, organisation, system - an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
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Here Arndt speaks of kinship and descent as reckoned bilaterally, even if linguistic locutions (tuka can mean belly, stomach or uterus; mogo and yi mean together, common, while cura means sinews) would appear to suggest a preference for the maternal side.
Such an emphasis sets the stage for Hall's claim that ethnicity needs to be understood as a specific type of cultural identity (to be contrasted with linguistic identity, religious identity, or occupational identity) whose distinguishing feature is the idea that "the symbols upon which it draws revolve around notions of fictive kinship and descent, common history and a specific homeland" (p.
Upper-class affiliation, she shows, was based on at least two of the following three criteria: firstly wealth, secondly kinship and descent and thirdly education and etiquette.