Fictive Kin, Families We Choose, and Voluntary Kin: What Does the Discourse Tell Us?
Article first published online: 2 DEC 2013
Copyright 2013 by the National Council on Family Relations
Journal of Family Theory & Review
Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 259–281, December 2013
How to Cite
Nelson, M. K. (2013), Fictive Kin, Families We Choose, and Voluntary Kin: What Does the Discourse Tell Us?. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 5: 259–281. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12019
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 2 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 18 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 28 DEC 2011
- families we choose;
- fictive kin;
- voluntary kin
Scholarship on fictive kinship has relied on many different terminologies. I argue for a new precision. I review existing discussions and draw on those to suggest a new, experimental typology. I suggest that the typology illuminates a variety of issues, including the aspects of family that are accomplished through fictive kin. I also discuss issues surrounding fictive kinship for which no information exists but about which the typology might help make predictions.