Kinship Systems of the San's

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Kinship System of the San’s
Amy Namer
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Instructor: Christine Compton
March 25, 2013

KINSHIP 2 Kinship System of the San’s
In anthropology kinship is the system of social relationships that constitutes kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that it used the reciprocal obligations that are entailed. In this paper I will be discussing the kinship system of the San’s culture of the Kalahari Desert in southwestern Africa. I will also discuss how our culture (the American Culture) compares to their culture or against their culture. This paper will also discuss three examples of how kinship system of the San’s affected or impacted the way this culture behaves within their lifestyle and why they behave the way they do.

The San culture is also known as the Bushmen. According to the text Culture Anthropology by Nowak, & Laird (2010), the San’s culture is “one of the best known hunting and gathering communities in the modern world. (Nowak, & Laird, 2010). The San’s people are foragers which means they hunted and gathered for their means of survival. The people in this culture are continuously moving to certain parts of their land to look for the best area for vegetation and a high population of animal life. In this culture the men are the hunters of meat and the women are the gatherers of fruits and vegetables. (Nowak, & Laird, 2010). Within this culture everyone shares equally what they have hunted or what they have gathered by doing this it reinforces the social ties between the San’s communities.

The San’s communities have a descent that is bilateral so therefore they happen to see themselves related to both...
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