The Fifth World



Kinship refers to how people relate to one another as a family. In keeping with their focus on taxonomy, literate people often think of kinship principally in terms of genealogy. In keeping with their own focus, oral people like the people of the Fifth World often see kinship more in terms of relationship.

Kinship Systems

Families in different regions do not necessarily reckon kinship in the same way. Anthropologists know of seven different kinship systems.