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Kinship is commonly defined as social relationships between multiple persons beyond the immediate family (father, mother, children), relationships constituted either by common ancestry (descent) or through marriage (Marriage, contraction of) [19. 19]. The range used to interpret the concept of kinship in particular contexts is subject to cultural and historical change [41]. In Western European s…

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Mahlerwein, Gunter and King, Steven, “Kinship”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029731>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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