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American Kinship : A Cultural Account - David M. Schneider

American Kinship

A Cultural Account

Paperback Published: 1st January 1980
ISBN: 9780226739304
Number Of Pages: 150

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"American Kinship" is the first attempt to deal systematically with kinship as a system of symbols and meanings, and not simply as a network of functionally interrelated familial roles. Schneider argues that the study of a highly differentiated society such as our own may be more revealing of the nature of kinship than the study of anthropologically more familiar, but less differentiated societies. He goes to the heart of the ideology of relations among relatives in America by locating the underlying features of the definition of kinship--nature vs. law, substance vs. code. One of the most significant features of "American Kinship," then, is the explicit development of a theory of culture on which the analysis is based, a theory that has since proved valuable in the analysis of other cultures. For this Phoenix edition, Schneider has written a substantial new chapter, responding to his critics and recounting the charges in his thought since the book was first published in 1968.

ISBN: 9780226739304
ISBN-10: 0226739309
Series: Anthropology of Modern Societies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 1st January 1980
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised