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Kinship Exercise The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines kinship as Connection by blood marriage or adoption family relationship or Relationship by nature or character affinity The same source says that relatedness is Connected by kinship common origin or marriage My subject Justin S feels somewhat differently When we first began the interview I first asked him how he felt about the terms kinship and relatedness and what it meant to him He told me that kinship meant everyone who was related to him by blood but not necessarily marriage The only members of his family he considered to be kin were those with whom he has a personal relationship This relationship including constant contact through various forms of communication AIM E-mail telephone social functions Etc and family gatherings and holidays Having my own definition and understanding of these terms I questioned the size of his family to see if maybe these members were all that existed He told me he has many more members of his extended family who simply dont matter These people fell under his explanation of relatedness which entailed everyone who was actually blood related and kin by default I wondered if maybe the family was spread out across the country or even international But the family is centrally located in Detroit Mi and one small family lives in Los Angeles So the entire extended family is relatively close to each other but still the relationships do not exists at least not in Justins opinion By his own admittance he says that his social ineptitude and disagreements or arguing among the elders in the family has lead to the decline of closeness and relationships in his family However Justin himself does carry on strong bonds and relationships with two of his eight cousins When we agreed to meet for the interview we decided to come prepared with all the family research done on our parts for the
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