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Compare W. H. Goodenough, op. cit. For the difference between his view and mine, see footnote, p. 99 , below. It should also be noted that I do not offer this as a definitive or exhaustive list of American kinship terms. old lady," "governor," and so forth. It is really not possible to assume that there is a finite lexicon or vo cabulary of kinship terms without first providing a clear definition of just what a kinship term is and whether this definition is imposed on the data for analytic purposes or whether it is a definition inherent in the culture itself.
Or mother is not also female. � '1 � � �� � � i ; � < '. t }l � ·' r f ] ��! @ ·: ' The Family 43 The distinction I am drawing here between a defining element or distinctive feature and all other features is nicely illustrated by the area of sex-role definition which I have been describing. As I have said, there are two culturally defined categories> male and female. ind of genitalia, female another. Male has facial hair, female does not. Male is active and aggressive , female passive. Consider, now> these three features-genitals, facial hair, and activity.
Ship of parent and child and makes genitor and genetrix out of husband ':. arid wife. 4 These are the tenets of American culture. fl Sexual intercourse is an act in which and through which love is ex- �;· � pressed; it is often called ''making love/' and love is an explicit cultural symbol in American kinship. i� J This was expressed by one of our informants-an elderly lady-as fol- ::1 lows: We asked her to list all of her relatives and after she had been list- · ing them for a time she slowed down and stopped.