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Moiety Names in South-Eastern Australia: Distribution and Reconstructed History

Koch, Harold; Hercus, Luise; Kelly, Piers


One of the distinguishing features of Australian social organisation is its so-named classificatory system of kinship, whereby a given term may extend to other people, including genealogically distant kin and even strangers. For example, a father’s father’s brother’s son’s son may be called ‘brother’. By extending the kinship terms through regular principles, everybody in the social universe becomes kin of some kind, an arrangement called ‘universal kinship’. So-called skin systems build...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
Access Rights: Open access via publisher website


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