Family and Kinship: The False Binary of the Subjective and Empirical Definition of a Household

  • Smita Yadav


In this chapter, Yadav describes the kinship and lineage structure in the village of Mahalapur. She discusses the different family systems joint/separated families and how they get restructured and reorganised to meet their basic needs. She studies how family households are organised to maximise their options of earning and how one household chooses a particular form of livelihood over another. She observes these diversities observed in livelihood choices reflect the Gonds’ household circumstances. This chapter examines how the Gond households transform into a workforce in the pursuit of financial independence for their families. She concludes by describing how livelihood choices can be categorised into different types of household/family patterns based on gender, age, and marital status of the household.


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  • Smita Yadav
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  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK

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