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Sibling Solidarity

Graham Allan
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 39, No. 1 (Feb., 1977), pp. 177-184
DOI: 10.2307/351073
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351073
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

In this paper the nature of adult sibling solidarity is considered, and two features of our kinship system that help explain its form are examined: (1) the fact that kinship operates as a social network; and (2) the element of personal choice permitted. A marked tendency for working class respondents to form strong ties of friendship with one (or more) siblings is also analyzed. The data are drawn from a study of patterns of sociability, and are based on intensive interviews with a comparatively small number of respondents.

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