Negotiating Kinship

Jonathan Karam Skaff

in Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Neighbors

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199734139
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950195 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Empires

Negotiating Kinship

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This chapter demonstrates how kinship was demonstrated in Sui-Tang, Turko-Mongol, and Eastern Eurasian societies. It takes a look at the two primary types of kinship bonds in foreign and domestic affairs, which were marriage and fictive kinship. The latter is based on genealogical manipulation, surname bestowal, adoption, and fosterage. The first section focuses on political marriages, including the marriage patterns, and strategic cultures involved, and notes that marriage alliances are one of the most studied features of Eastern Eurasian diplomacy. This is followed by a discussion of fictive kinship, which is taken from the patrimonial preference for modelling the polity on the household.

Keywords: kinship; marriage; fictive kinship; political marriages; marriage patterns; strategic cultures; marriage alliances; patrimonial preference

Chapter.  16143 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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