By David Murray Schneider
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I. "Family" can mean all of one's relatives, but «my family" or uthe family" means a unit which contains a husband and wife and their child or chil dren, all of whom are kinds of relatives. «The immediate family'' is an other way of restricting the all-inclusive scope of '�family" from all rela tives to certain very close ones. Family and relatives are thus coordinate categories in American kin ship in that they share one of their meanings, though certain of their other meanings diverge.
1965) > 259�87. 21 .. : '• Relatives example of a basic term, "second'' a particular modifier. �·second cousin" is an example of a derivative term. �'Father" is another example of a basic term, ··-in-law" a modifier. ''Father-in-law" is an example of a derivative term. The basic terms are "father," "mother/' "brother/' "sister/' ''son,'' "daughter/' "uncle,'' "aunt/' unephew,'' ''niece," �·cousin,'' "husband," and w1·fe. , ''removed,, ''half, an d ''ex-. " The "ex-'' modifier is reserved to rela tives by marriage.
Categories of wife and mother is not that of being female. There are many kinds of females who are neither wives nor mothers, though no wife . or mother is not also female. � '1 � � �� � � i ; � < '. t }l � ·' r f ] ��! @ ·: ' The Family 43 The distinction I am drawing here between a defining element or distinctive feature and all other features is nicely illustrated by the area of sex-role definition which I have been describing. As I have said, there are two culturally defined categories> male and female.
American Kinship: A Cultural Account by David Murray Schneider