Ancestral Night 6: Alternative family structures

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There's a lot of exploration of alternative family structures, like clades (a term from biology, referring to all descendants of a common ancestor). There's a clear metaphor here (IMHO) to cult groups and the control they exert over both adult and child members. But Bear is careful to show how similar problems can afflict any society, especially regarding how the views of minority groups can be ignored or overruled. Was this interesting? Obvious? Irrelevant?

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    I think the only "alternative" group was the clade, and that was presented as a constricting cult, as you say. Were there other family structures?

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    @NeilNjae said:
    I think the only "alternative" group was the clade, and that was presented as a constricting cult, as you say. Were there other family structures?

    I think you're right as regards human structures - I was getting muddled up with the occasional references into diverse alien groupings.

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