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The Cambridge Handbook of Kinship

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Sandra Bamford, Carol Delaney, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Isabelle Clark-Decès, Sarah Franklin, Janet Carsten, Kathryn Goldfarb, Mary Weismantel, Mary Elena Wilhoit, James Leach, Christine Gailey, Ellen Lewin, Noa Vaisman, Sarah Pinto, Valerie Hartouni, Tine Gammeltoft, Nicole Constable, J. Leinaweaver, Lieba Faier, Deborah Boehm, Eleana Kim, Janet Dolgin, Marcia Inhorn, Elly Teman, Zsuzsa Berend, Gail Landsman, Tsipy Ivry, Elly Teman, Susan McKinnon, Hollis Moore, Signe Howell, Koreen Reece, Fenella Canell
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  • Date Published: April 2019
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  • Presenting twenty-nine original chapters - each written by an expert in the field – this Handbook examines the history of kinship theory and the directions in which it has moved over the past few years. Using examples from across the globe (Africa, India, South America, Malaysia, Asia, the Pacific, Europe and North America), this Handbook highlights the power of kinship theory to address questions of broad anthropological significance. How have recent advances in reproductive medicine fundamentally altered our understanding of biological properties? How has globalization brought in its wake new ways of imagining human relatedness? What might recent shifts in state welfare policies tell us about those relations of power that define the difference between 'functional' versus 'dysfunctional' families? Addressing these and many other timely concerns, this volume presents the results of cutting edge research and demonstrates that the study of kinship is likely to remain at the core of anthropological inquiry.

    • Showcases the most important directions in the study of kinship over the last few decades, providing readers with a well-rounded view of the field
    • Twenty-nine chapters draw upon the original work of the most pre-eminent scholars in the field
    • Combines cutting-edge theoretical insights with well-grounded ethnographic research
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    ‘Long considered one of the classic issues of comparative anthropology, kinship has sometimes been seen as an out-of-date reference to a disappearing world. More than any other recent book, this Cambridge Handbook succeeds in bringing kinship firmly back on the agenda, demonstrating the hyper-relevance of genealogical concerns and frameworks through which anthropology and related fields can fruitfully address new biosocial realities.' Gísli Pálsson, University of Iceland

    ‘This marvelous collection of essays attests the vitality, breadth and depth of contemporary kinship studies and shows how kinship, contrary to earlier predictions of its demise, is alive and kicking. The volume brings together work from some of the most knowledgeable scholars in the field who, in consolidating their research thus far, map the state of the art and reveal not only the workings of kinship in an interconnected world, but also how it cannot be isolated from other pressing social and political questions of our time.' Jeanette Edwards, University of Manchester

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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108696531
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction:
    1. Conceiving kinship in the twenty-first century Sandra Bamford
    Part I. Opening Frameworks:
    2. The seeds of kinship theory Carol Delaney
    3. Descent in retrospect and prospect Gillian Feeley-Harnik
    4. The alliance theory of kinship in South Indian ethnography Isabelle Clark-Decès
    5. The anthropology of biology: a lesson from the new kinship. Studies Sarah Franklin
    6. The stuff of kinship Janet Carsten
    Part II. The (Non)Biological Basis of Relatedness:
    7. Embodied relationality beyond 'nature' vs 'nurture': materializing absent kinships in Japanese child welfare Kathryn Goldfarb
    8. Kinship in the Andes Mary Weismantel and Mary Elena Wilhoit
    9. Kinship and place: the existential and moral process of landscape formation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea James Leach
    10. Adoption Christine Gailey
    11. Natural achievements: how lesbian and gay families in North America make claims to kinship Ellen Lewin
    Part III. Reproducing Society: Gender, Birth and Power:
    12. Kinship, knowledge and the state: the case of Argentina's adult 'living disappeared' Noa Vaisman
    13. Kinship, affliction, proximity, and unfinished healing in India Sarah Pinto
    14. Reproductive remix: law, kinship and origin stories Valerie Hartouni
    15. Selecting for sons: kinship as a product of desire Tine Gammeltoft
    Part IV. Transnational Connections:
    16. Maids, mistresses and wives: rethinking kinship and the domestic sphere in twenty-first-century global Hong Kong Nicole Constable
    17. Transnational adoption J. Leinaweaver
    18. Kinship in transnational encounters: Filipino migrants as 'ideal brides' in rural Japan Lieba Faier
    19. Un/making family: relatedness, migration, and displacement in a global age Deborah Boehm
    20. My folder is not a person: kinship, knowledge, biopolitics and the adoption file Eleana Kim
    Part V. Technological Conceptions:
    21. Surrogate motherhood and transforming families Janet DolginI
    22. Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, Soraya Tremayne and Zeynep Gurtin – kinship and assisted reproductive technologies: a Middle Eastern comparison Marcia Inhorn
    23. A comparison of kinship understandings among Israeli and US surrogates Elly Teman and Zsuzsa Berend
    24. Self, personhood and belonging: the role of technology in childhood disability Gail Landsman
    25. Paid and unpaid gestational labor: pregnancy and surrogacy in anthropological studies of reproduction Tsipy Ivry and Elly Teman
    Part VI. Kinship and the Nation State:
    26. Reading the contested forms of nation through the contested forms of kinship and marriage Susan McKinnon
    27. The prison as a technology of care in North-East Brazil Hollis Moore
    28. The interface between kinship and politics in three different social settings Signe Howell
    29. A global family: kinship, nations, and transnational organizations in Botswana's time of AIDS Koreen Reece
    30. Kinship, world religions and the nation state Fenella Cannell.

  • Editor

    Sandra Bamford, University of Toronto
    Sandra Bamford is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her main area of expertise focuses on the analysis of kinship and family ties. Her previous books include Biology Unmoored: Melanesian Reflections on Life and Biotechnology (2007) and Kinship and Beyond: The Genealogical Model Reconsidered (2009, co-edited with James Leach).

    Contributors

    Sandra Bamford, Carol Delaney, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Isabelle Clark-Decès, Sarah Franklin, Janet Carsten, Kathryn Goldfarb, Mary Weismantel, Mary Elena Wilhoit, James Leach, Christine Gailey, Ellen Lewin, Noa Vaisman, Sarah Pinto, Valerie Hartouni, Tine Gammeltoft, Nicole Constable, J. Leinaweaver, Lieba Faier, Deborah Boehm, Eleana Kim, Janet Dolgin, Marcia Inhorn, Elly Teman, Zsuzsa Berend, Gail Landsman, Tsipy Ivry, Elly Teman, Susan McKinnon, Hollis Moore, Signe Howell, Koreen Reece, Fenella Canell

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