Friendship and Kinship

Daniel J. Hruschka

in Friendship

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520265462
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947887 | DOI:
Friendship and Kinship

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This chapter compares kinship and friendship using ethnographic accounts, observational studies, experiments in behavior and gets a richer picture of how friends differ from kin in helping and sharing. A key finding from these diverse orders of data is that close friendship and kinship, though similar in the feelings and behaviors they inspire, guide behavior in subtly different ways. Key differences include the ways that feelings of closeness and the perceived costs of aid affect helping behavior and how people provide aid to friends and kin during large-scale, life-threatening emergencies. While differences exist, the common view of friendship and kinship as fundamentally different does not mean that they cannot occur within a single relationship. The chapter concludes by discussing how relationships are often hybrids, simultaneously recruiting the psychological machinery for relating with kin and with friends.

Keywords: kinship; friendship; behavior; friends; kin; closeness; relationships

Chapter.  10407 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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