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Of Kith and Kin: Using Genealogical Studies to Promote Cross-Cultural Responsiveness in Family Science

  1. Department of Family Studies, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849, USA
Version 1 : Received: 2 November 2016 / Approved: 2 November 2016 / Online: 2 November 2016 (08:51:09 CET)

How to cite: Obasi, S.; Hill, T. Of Kith and Kin: Using Genealogical Studies to Promote Cross-Cultural Responsiveness in Family Science. Preprints 2016, 2016110018 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0018.v1). Obasi, S.; Hill, T. Of Kith and Kin: Using Genealogical Studies to Promote Cross-Cultural Responsiveness in Family Science. Preprints 2016, 2016110018 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0018.v1).

Abstract

This essay explores the use of genealogy to promote cultural, racial and ethnic responsiveness in Family Studies. Students enrolled in an upper level cross-cultural family patterns course, examining the impact of immigration on families, were asked to investigate the migration history of their own families. Reflecting on this assignment students expressed a more informed appreciation of the issues that impact current immigrant communities since they are to a certain extent comparable to the issues confronted by their own immigrant ancestors. Genealogical research, therefore, may be a vehicle to explore cultural, racial and ethnic differences in families both in historic and modern contexts.

Subject Areas

family studies; genealogy; kinship; immigration

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