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Cultures of Relatedness
New Approaches to the Study of Kinship

Janet Carsten, Charles Stafford, Sharon Elaine Hutchinson, Helen Lambert, Rita Astuti, Karen Middleton, Barbara Bodenhorn, Jeanette Edwards, Marilyn Strathern, Mary Bouquet
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  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521656276

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  • Our understanding of what makes a person a relative has been transformed by radical changes in marriage arrangements and gender relations, and by new reproductive technologies. We can no longer take it for granted that our most fundamental social relationships are grounded in "biology" or "nature." Examining the idioms of relatedness in other societies, and ways in which relationship is symbolized and interpreted in our own society, this book challenges established analytic categories of anthropology, and brings into question the received wisdom at the heart of the study of kinship.

    • Likely to be adopted as an anthropology/gender studies/cultural studies textbook for use on kinship and gender courses
    • Challenges established analytic categories of anthropology, bringing into question the received wisdom at the heart of the study of kinship
    • Includes established names among its contributors, Marilyn Strathern, Sharon Hutchinson, Rita Astuti
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    'In Cultures of Relatedness, kinship study takes flight once again, soars to new heights, and offers us fresh perspectives on a topic that has long been integral to anthropology.' Ethnos

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    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521656276
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction: cultures of relatedness Janet Carsten
    2. Chinese patriliny and the cycles of yang and laiwang Charles Stafford
    3. Identity and substance: the broadening bases of relatedness among the Nuer of southern Sudan Sharon Elaine Hutchinson
    4. Sentiment and substance in North Indian forms of relatedness Helen Lambert
    5. Kindreds and descent groups: new perspectives from Madagascar Rita Astuti
    6. How Karembola men become mothers Karen Middleton
    7. 'He used to be my relative': exploring the bases of relatedness among Iñupiat of northern Alaska Barbara Bodenhorn
    8. Including our own Jeanette Edwards and Marilyn Strathern
    9. Figures of relations: reconnecting kinship studies and museum collections Mary Bouquet
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Janet Carsten, University of Edinburgh

    Contributors

    Janet Carsten, Charles Stafford, Sharon Elaine Hutchinson, Helen Lambert, Rita Astuti, Karen Middleton, Barbara Bodenhorn, Jeanette Edwards, Marilyn Strathern, Mary Bouquet

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