1. A tutorial on kinship fundamentals, descent systems, kinship terminology, marriage, and residence rules titled “Kinship and Social Organization” can be found at: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/anthropology/kintitle.html. Go to this website, explore it in detail, then go to the link “Begin Tutorial.” The author has seven different ethnographic examples about different kinship systems. You should be able to answer the following questions about each example:
· Who is the preferred marriage partner? If none, what are the marriage prohibitions?
· Do they operate under unilineal or cognatic descent?
· Which kinship terminology system most closely correspondents to the one they use?
· What are the postmarital residence rules?
2. The Patrin Web Journal: Romani (Gypsy) Culture and History site can be found at http://www.oocities.org/paris/5121/. Follow the link to “Romani Culture and Traditions” and from there to “Marriage Customs.” You should be able to answer the following questions:
· Are the Romani endogamous or exogamous?
· Are they patrilineal or matrilineal?
· Do they practice bridewealth or dowry?
· How do you think these practices relate to other forms of social, economic, and political organization?
· How do these marriage practices relate to Romani marginalization in most locations where they live?
3. Lambda Legal Defense Fund is a legal rights organization for gays and lesbians; their website is www.lambdalegal.org. Click onto "Learn More" and go to “Issues” and click on "Family." Try to answer the following questions based on the information contained in the various links:
· What are the major legal arguments for gay and lesbian marriage?
· What are the forms of legal discrimination gay and lesbians face when trying to marry?
· What are some of the social and economic consequences of not being able to marry legally?
· What are the major arguments against recognizing gay and lesbian marriage?