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Taboo [electronic resource]: Blood Bonds

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Are gender roles universal when it comes to leading a family or family group? Do the concepts of father, mother, offspring, and sibling change among different cultures? Is there a formula for the perfect family? In the Himalayas, that recipe may involve multiple husbands, and in certain provinces of China, it would be ridiculous for a man to be head of the household, while some communities in the U.S. have a long way to go before shedding the idea of unquestioned paternal leadership. This program examines the role of family in the social fabric of different societies.
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47 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 23, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Blood Bonds
  • What is a Family? (0:34)
  • Family in Yongning, China (1:42)
  • Womanhood in Yongning, China (1:48)
  • Households in Yongning, China (1:41)
  • Love Lives in Yonging, China (1:12)
  • Men in Yongning, China (1:56)
  • Youth in Yongning, China (2:03)
  • Marriage in Yonging, China (2:28)
  • Tradition in Yonging, China (2:05)
  • Violence in Cape Town, South Africa (2:59)
  • Family in Capetown, South Africa (1:54)
  • Protection in Capetown, South Africa (2:38)
  • Gang Membership Capetown, South Africa (1:16)
  • Gang Meeting Capetown, South Africa (2:39)
  • Getting Paid in Capetown, South Africa (1:34)
  • Gang Allegiance Capetown, South Africa (3:12)
  • Polyandry in India (2:05)
  • Preservation Through Polyandry (2:14)
  • Brothers in Polyandry (1:50)
  • Practicality of Polyandry (2:00)
  • Jealousy in Polyandry (1:45)
  • Threats to Polyandry (1:06)
  • Education and Polyandry (2:22)
  • Challenging the Meaning of Family (1:01)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2004.
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40833 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (47 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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