[rdfweb-dev] Relationship Schema Updated

Jan Grant Jan.Grant at bristol.ac.uk
Fri Mar 19 10:23:37 UTC 2004

On Fri, 19 Mar 2004, Ian Davis wrote:

> > How do you use "Parent" to describe foster relationships? With a
> > qualifer of some sort, which is one of the things I've been working out
> > here, with helpful suggestions from other list members.

> Parent is the general form of any parental relationship. It can be
> specialised, but in it's present form it can be used to describe these
> relationships. The comment in the schema is "A person who has given
> birth to or nurtured and raised this person."  Do you have any
> suggestions on making that less culturally biased?

Yes. It's saying an absent father (or sperm donor) is not a parent.

If you want to acknowledge subjective bias then you could always define
the "parent" relationship as "the parent as recognised by the author of
the assertion".

While I think the tone here is somewhat combative,

> my mother's sister's husband's child from a previous marriage I would
> probably choose to call that person a cousin. Other cultures will have
> specific terminology for that relationship or perhaps not consider it
> a significant relationship.

> However you are suggesting that every culture must fit their
> relationships into combinations of your western anthropologist eight
> relationships plus three natures. Please help me categorise the
> relationship stated above by the axes suggested.

...I'm interested in seeing this as a worked example, if possible.

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