In 1947 members of the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, under the leadership of Professor Firth, made a study of kinship in a South London borough. More recently, to provide comparative material, Professor Garigue investigated kinship patterns among Italian immigrants in London. The results of these two pioneering studies are here presented, with an introductory essay by Professor Firth. This book is an important contribution both to the intensive study of modern urban society, and to the more technical discipline of kinship, especially the relatively neglected problems of bilateral systems.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 5 I. INTRODUCTION by Raymond Firth General Considerations, I I; The Problem and the Origin of the Study, 21; Method, 23 II. KINSHIP IN SOUTH BOROUGH 33 by Raymond Firth and Judith Djamour The Background (H.B.B.), 33; Households, 34; Recognition of the Kinship Principle, 36; The Kinship System, 37; Knowledge ofKin, 37; Kinship Grouping, 40; Differentiation among Kin, 42; Social Relationships between Kin, 46; Empirical Data: the InglesCase, 48; Indices of Kin Contacts, 51; Factors influencing Social Relations with Kin, 58; Summary and Conclusions, 62 III. KINSHIP ORGANISATION OF ITALIANATES IN LONDON 67 by Philip Garigue and Raymond Firth The Social Background, 67; Kin and Status, 69; Selection of Informants, 70; Households, 71; The Structure of the KinshipSystem, 73; Range of Kin Knowledge, 73; Social Relations between Kin, 83; Factors affecting Kin Relationship, 88; Summaryand Conclusions, 92 BIBLIOGRAPHY 94
R. Firth is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics.