Kinship eventuated from the primitive and most traditional societies. It has its roots in simple societies which were not so complex. Communities and social bonds are necessary attributes for kinship systems. In order to understand a society, community, or its culture, one should have adequate knowledge about its past or history, but social anthropologists could … Read more

The Structure of Families and Households in the UK

Family can be defined as “a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood, or adoption, constituting a single household and interacting with each other in their respective social positions, usually those of spouses, parents, children, and siblings” (Barnard, 2021). Family also plays a role in influencing and affecting the development, behaviour, and … Read more

Understanding Key Concepts in Kinship Studies: At a Glance

If one is to trace the history of the development of social science disciplines such as sociology and anthropology, one can see how family and kinship were perhaps the first social phenomena that were studied systematically. For over a period of nearly 200 years, kinship studies have undergone a dramatic transition, following much-needed incorporation of … Read more

Leela Dube: Biography, Works, Contributions and Achievements

Fondly known as Leeladee, Leela Dube was an anthropologist, sociologist, feminist, teacher and above all a mother and a homemaker. Along with Irawati Karve, Vina Majumdar, and Lotika Sarkar, she worked in anthropology when the field did not even recognize women as a subject in male-dominated academia. She explains gender biases through her own examples, … Read more