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New Departures in Anthropology : After Kinship - Janet Carsten

New Departures in Anthropology

After Kinship


Published: 1st June 2015
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This innovative book takes a fresh look at the anthropology of kinship and the comparative study of relatedness. Kinship has historically been central to the discipline of anthropology but what sort of future does it have? What is the impact of recent studies of reproductive technologies, of gender, and of the social construction of science in the West? What significance does public anxiety about the family, or new family forms in the West have for anthropology's analytic strategies? The study of kinship has rested on a distinction between the 'biological' and the 'social'. But recent technological developments have made this distinction no longer self-evident. What does this imply about the comparison of kinship institutions cross-culturally? Janet Carsten gives an approachable and original view of the past, present, and future of kinship in anthropology, which will be of interest not just to anthropologists but to social scientists generally.

'In this creative book, Janet Carsten unsettles and reorients our traditional ideas about kinship. Through her deep understanding of kinship theory and comparative eye, we see kinship as it is made in shared experience, and interwoven with concepts of the house, person, gender, nationality, and new technologies. Kinship studies may once again become the heart of anthropology. After Carsten, they will never be the same.' Stephen Gudeman, The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences '... the book provides students with good examples for the variable, local meanings of kinship ...' Social Anthropology

Introduction: after kinship?
Houses of memory and kinship
Gender, bodies, and kinship
The person
Uses and abuses of substance
Families into nation: the power of metaphor and the transformation of kinship
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ISBN: 9780521661980
ISBN-10: 0521661986
Series: New Departures in Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st June 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51