Black Women’s Fictive Kin Networks and the Sisters in the House
African American fictive kinship arose out of a response to the chaos of enslavement. Slavery as an institution marred African family ties and their sense of community once defined by blood ties. The separation of blood kin from their children and families made the reliance on fictive kin a measure of survival. This phrase fictive kinship refers to a relationship that is developed between non-related members of a given group that develops out of common ancestry, history, social experience, or predicament while kinship connotes blood or marital ties.