Cambridge University Press, 2004 - 216 من الصفحات
This innovative book takes a look at the anthropology of kinship and the comparative study of relatedness. Kinship has historically been central to the discipline of anthropology but what sort of future does it have? What is the impact of recent studies of reproductive technologies, of gender, and of the social construction of science in the West? What significance does public anxiety about the family, or new family forms in the West have for anthropology's analytic strategies? The study of kinship has rested on a distinction between the 'biological' and the 'social'. But recent technological developments have made this distinction no longer self-evident. What does this imply about the comparison of kinship institutions cross-culturally? Janet Carsten gives an approachable view of the past, present, and future of kinship in anthropology, which will be of interest not just to anthropologists but to social scientists generally.
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adopted American analysis analytic anthropology apparently argues argument aspects attention become beginning biological birth blood bodily body central chapter child clear close conceived conception concerns connection consider constituted contexts continuity contrast course culture debates described Diane discussion distinction domain domestic effects example expressed fact familiar father focus follow Franklin gender given human ideas identity important India individual involved kind knowledge linked living Malay marriage material meanings metaphor mother nature notions once opposition original parents particular perhaps person personhood political possible practices processes procreation produced question recent referred relations relationship relatives reproductive role Schneider seems sense separation sexual significance similar simply social societies space Strathern structure study of kinship substance suggests symbolic taken things thought transformation understandings University West Western women