fictive kinship

Been thinking a lot about families of origin and families of choice. Anthropologists use this term fictive kinship to describe familial relations that are not tied by blood.
Just read a chapter by Jenny B. White on kinship in working-class neighborhoods in Istanbul: “kinship is metaphorically conferred on those people who do what kin do: that is, participate in relations of collective reciprocal assistance with no calculation of return” (p. 124). A reviewer describes the essay as “showing how the idiom of kinship is used to organise production and exploitation“. So it is all about economics, too (which I’ve also been thinking about a lot, sadly).

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