chapter  9
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Kin Sets and Kin Groups

The last Chapter dealt with assemblies of kin for specific social occasions; in this Chapter we are concerned primarily with kin units of more regular nature. So far in this study we have given plenty of evidence for social linkage between kin, both individually and in sets of varying size. But a question which remains is the significance of such linkage in collective and relatively persistent terms. In English middle-class life are there, outside the elementary family, kin groups or linked sets of kin of any continuity, with any enduring quality in common aims, interests and activities of their members? Do the individuals of our sample in their ordinary life base any of their acts and opinions on relations with such bodies of kin, whose movements and views represent a collective expression with intellectual weight and emotional loading?