Kinship theories in anthropology vary considerably in terms of who is considered a family member, how this relationship is established (for example biological or alliance), and what implications these have on the daily experiences of each member.
In this solution, a step-by-step guide to building kinship diagrams, understanding kinship theories, and whether this process is useful is outlined in order for you to answer the question:
Are kinship diagrams useful in understanding the social organization of a society?
This question can be answered in 5 steps.
? Analyze the question. What is being asked? Are there specific references you should use in the question? In this case you should examine 'kinship diagrams'.
? In general, it is often helpful to compare your ethnographic readings, and theoretical discussions to your own social life in order to better understand their concepts and conclusions because you will be the best ethnographer of your own life.
? As the question does not specify which system of social relationships you should analyze, I have detailed a personal approach to the question.
? You can replicate this process with any ethnography you read as well.
? In 5 minutes and make a diagram of your own family.
? Don't worry so much about proper symbolic representation.
? Be sure to include anyone you feel is socially related. They can be living or dead, siblings, extended families, friends, pets, etc. Be sure to reflect ...
Kinship as an anthropological concept is tackled in this solution via advise and guidance in relation to it's application in one's life via a series of step-by-step process to explore one's own kinship via a diagram. Further references are listed.