Pakistan Rural and Urban Community

Topics: Family, Marriage / Pages: 7 (2615 words) / Published: Nov 9th, 2010
Anthropology

Pakistani Rural and Urban Community: Comparing Family and Kinship Systems.

People in Pakistan are greatly trilingual and most people living here are Muslims. They respect their customs and traditions and closely follow family values. Most people are living as joint family systems along with their kinsmen, with exceptions choosing the nuclear way of life.
Kinship is a relationship between any entities that share a genealogical origin, through biological, cultural, or historical descent. And descent groups, lineages, etc. are treated in their own subsections.
In anthropology the kinship system includes people related both by descent and marriage, while usage in biology includes descent and mating. Human kinship relations through marriage are commonly called "affinity" in contrast to "descent" (also called "consanguinity"), although the two may overlap in marriages among those of common descent.
Kinship is one of the most basic principles for organizing individuals into social groups, roles, categories, and genealogy. Family relations can be represented concretely (mother, brother, grandfather) or abstractly after degrees of relationship. The Western model of a nuclear family consists of a couple and its children. The nuclear family is ego-centered and impermanent, while descent groups are permanent (lasting beyond the lifespan of individual constituents) and reckoned according to a single ancestor.
The family and kinship system will vary in every country, depending upon their culture and style of living. The social life of Pakistan revolves around family and kin. The family is the base of social organization, individually providing the members with unique identity and protection. An individual rarely lives apart from his relatives; even male urban migrants usually live with relatives or friends of kin. Children live with their parents until marriage, and sons often stay with their parents after marriage, forming a joint family. The joint



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