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Reconceptualizing Clans: Kinship Networks and Statehood in Kazakhstan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2018

Edward Schatz
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Department of Political Science, Southern Illinois University, schatz@siu.edu
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What role, if any, does kinship play in modern political life? Recent work in comparative politics has focused on a variety of informal relationships. It is striking that kinship has not received similar, sustained attention. The broad assumption of most theoretically-driven work is that kinship is the domain of the anthropologist; to the extent that political scientists consider kinship, they do so as something for modern institutions to overcome, as something in fundamental opposition to the state apparatus.

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