The family question. People often say that family means everything to them and that they would do anything for a family member. This is demonstrably untrue. Like every cultural system, family is a finite system governed by rules and restrictions.


Analyze the statement: “What does family mean to you?”

What rules govern your interactions with your family?

Consider and describe the rules concerning:


adding new family members

the meaning of various rule violations

just how far you or others would go to support family members

Relate your analysis to anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.

Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points.