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godparent

a person who stands sponsor to another at baptism
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Alfani then shows that the practice of godparenthood underwent significant change due to Tridentine conciliar legislation.
In The Urban Poor, she documents the operation of compadrazgo, godparenthood, and how this institution of ritual kinship becomes a vehicle for mutual aid among its other functions.
In many societies, forms of fictive kinship like godparenthood that incorporate outsiders are as strong as blood ties (and this was how, in fact, many Kosovar Albanians saw their relationship with NATO).
Suffice here to add as a nuance an important dimension in the European and hence in a hybrid version in America that blends aspects of the categories friendship or patronage with kinship: godparenthood and coparenthood, or as it is known in Hispanic America, padrinazgo and compadrazgo.
We find the traces of this social recognition hard to read because friendship's place as voluntary kinship (a position it shared with marriage, godparenthood, and adoption) has become invisible in modern society, where friendship is relegated to the private world of the affections.
In devoting most of the rest of the book to comparing these groups to whites and to each other, King has many fresh things to say about free-colored marria ges and families, manumission practices, entrepreneurship, housing, religiousness, color consciousness, godparenthood, status aspirations, social mobility, and sexual behavior.
Haas has organized the book according to stages in the life cycle, from analyzing decisions to have children, to conception, pregnancy, birth ritual, godparenthood, wet-nursing, early childhood, and, as happened all too often, the death of relatively young children.