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Sibling relationships
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1. Concept

Sibling relationships involve the children of the same birth family. They are among the formative influences on the socialization of children and young people within the same household during childhood, but also extend into adulthood and to relationships between independent households. They are therefore relevant to both the history of the family and the history of kinship. Since birth families are not constituted only by the biological processes of conception and childbirth but above all by social…

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Fertig, Georg, “Sibling relationships”, 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 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020071>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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