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Central as kinship has been to the development of British social anthropology, this is the first attempt by an anthropologist to situate ideas about English kinship in a cultural context. Marilyn Strathern challenges the traditional separation of Western kinship studies from the study of the wider society. If contemporary society appears diverse, changing and fragmented, these same features also apply to people's ideas about kinship. She views ideas of relatedness, nature and the biological constitution of persons in their cultural context, and offers new insights into the late twentieth-century values of individualism and consumerism. After Nature is a timely reflection at a moment when advances in reproductive technology raise questions about the natural basis of kinship relations.Read more
- Well-known feminist anthropologist
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"...a circuitous and often insightful examination of Englih middle-class culture, as wel as an extended commentary on anthropology and its approach to the study of kinship." ChoiceSee more reviews
"It is impossible to do justice to all the themes, reflections and methodological suggestions discussed by Strathern....her social critique, her commitment to environmental issues, and, above all, her readiness to tackle all-encompassing and provocative themes, makes her book very stimulating reading." Times Literary Supplement
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- Date Published: March 1992
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521426800
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.39kg
- contains: 11 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Preface: making explicit
1. Individuality and diversity
2. Analogies for a plural culture
3. The progress of polite society
4. Greenhouse effect
Recapitulation: nostalgia from a postplural world
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