Over time, these preferences created an overlapping and indeterminate field of kin relations, in which any given kin tie might be 'at once agnatic, matrilateral, and affinal
' (Comaroff and Comaroff 1991: 138, emphasis in the original)--meaning that, in practice, kin relationships were susceptible to constant contestation and renegotiation, oriented around relative wealth, power, and so on (ibid:, see also Comaroff 1981).
Families in each and every longhouse are closely related by cognatic and affinal
Although these broader roles remained the same for both generations, with varying levels of importance in natal and affinal
homes, the findings of my study suggested that the Punjabi families were transforming in subtle ways.
(2.) In Torres Strait Islander culture, the term 'uncle' or 'aunt' is an honorific title of respect for elders and does not necessarily denote an affinal
However, that small unit had affinal
relatives (we call them in-laws), some of whom lived together in what anthropologists call a band.
Furthermore, the work of the clergymen was often facilitated by the Sami themselves, who kept close track of their consanguinal and affinal
Family histories and extended genealogies thus reflect complex patterns of close-knit kinship ties through affinal
connections and attest to the clannish nature of Nam Long villages.
It might interest you to know (or not) that all cousins are consanguineal relatives; that is, they are not related to each other through marriage, as are affinal
relatives--and the closest related cousins (now this is where it really gets interesting) are double cousins, the parents of one being brother and sister of the parents of the other.
In chapter12, the authors attempted to know the level of solidarity among different religious groups, linguistic groups, affinal
kin & groups of social identity, among the transplanted migrant villagers in the Andaman Islands.
Access to quarries was open to all adult males of the land-holding clan and also to other affinal
male kin (that is, usually males of adjoining clans).
Lewis-Williams echoes Hewitt in his discussion of the horizontal axis, and also follows Levi-Strauss in stating that "the myth presents both a denial and an assertion of affinal
relationships and concomitant responsibilities" (134).
(13) One of the reviewers of this article has remarked "I have recently heard a 'Miao' girl from Taijiang County of Guizhou talking to her affinal
relatives from Kaili in Guizhou, who call themselves 'Kanao', and although she spoke no Hmong she called herself and her group 'Mong' (in what I heard as a mid, level tone).