Gender, Household, and Kinship Number

Gender,Household, and Kinship


Gender,Household, and Kinship

Thisweek’s reading related to the issues of Gender,Household, And Kinship, as addressed by Bretttel and Sargent in theirbook, ‘GenderinCross-Cultural Perspective’ChapterVIII.Thetopic looks into the aspect of the changing roles in the aspects ofgender, kinship, and the household, with reference to the changingfamily set up, and organization. Different societies in the globehave displayed a different pattern with reference to the threetenets. Kinship on one side has been key to issues such as marriagecustoms, and patterns of residence. A family is joined together bysocially recognized kin ties which may be bilateral, matrilineal, orpatrilineal, which depends on the society and the cultural aspects.On the other hand, the aspect of gender plays a key role in definingthe relationship between men and women in a given society. Thecentral tenets of this week’s reading are gender, kinship andhousehold.

Withreference to this week’s reading of Bretell and Sargent (2013), thecentral principles are gender a kinship reflects the basic tenetsthat leads to the establishment of social roles and social groups ina given society from individuals. On the other hand, kinship andgender differences are universal, and finally every culture hasdifferent and unique ways of guiding through the aspects of genderfamily relations/structure and kinship relations. With reference tothe central tenets, my reaction is that, gender and kinship aremutually devised, and in turn should be brought together in a singleanalytical field.

Thereis different aspects s to how families are set up the society. Familyand household define the role of women in the society. Contrary tothe matrilocal and matrilineal systems, the patrilocal andpatrilineal societies, the woman adopts their husband’s householdsystems. This is due to the fact that, their own kins aren’taround. This in turn is vice versa when the husband is the one whogets into the woman’s kins. However, this depended on thetraditional and cultural aspects from one community to the other(Bretell &amp Sargent, 2013).

Inthe modern society, however, the aspect of gender equality, the womenin the society has managed to defy the gender norms that can bereferred as disadvantageous. With the changing aspects of genderroles, kinship and household aspect within society and families atlarge, the issue of gender equality has brought along with massivechanges in terms of gender roles are defined in the modern world(Bretell &amp Sargent, 2013). This has in turn led to the aspect ofwomen or men centered kin networks as well as households. In themodern society the roles have somewhat changed due to the issue ofgender equality among men and women in the society.

Inconclusion, gender and kinship are mutually devised, and in turnshould be brought together in the single systematic field. Withreference to Bretell &amp Sargent (2013), the changing role of womenin the society is brining around a different aspect to the aspects ofgender, kinship and household. There is in turn a thin line ofdifference between gender and kinship, and in turn the need toaddress the two issues together.


Brettell,C., &amp Sargent, C. F. (2005).&nbspGenderin cross-cultural perspective.Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.