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New Directions in Anthropological Kinship - Linda Stone

New Directions in Anthropological Kinship

By: Linda Stone (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th December 2000
ISBN: 9780742501089
Number Of Pages: 368

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Following periods of intense debate and eventual demise, kinship studies is now seeing a revival in anthropology. New Directions in Anthropological Kinship captures these recent trends and explores new avenues of inquiry in this re-emerging subfield. The book comprises contributions from primatology, evolutionary anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. The authors review the history of kinship in anthropology and its theory, and recent research in relation to new directions of anthropological study. Moving beyond the contentious debates of the past, the book covers feminist anthropology on kinship, the expansion of kinship into the areas of new reproductive technologies, recent kinship constructions in EuroAmerican societies, and the role of kinship in state politics.

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New Directions in Anthropological Kinship is an important, expansive, and provocative collection of essays that simultaneously demonstrates both the vitality and promise of the reconstituted field of kinship studies as well as the intellectual value of a broadly defined anthropology. The contributors present a good deal of original research in highly accessible prose, and analyze topics ranging from the history of kinship studies, primate kinship, and problems with mothers-in-law, to discourses of genetic counseling, post-divorce parenting, open adoption, and the gender(ed) and class politics of kinship in nation-states. This fine book will be of interest to seasoned anthropologists and to students at all levels.--Michael G. Peletz, Colgate University

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Theoretical Implications of New Directions in Anthropological Kinshipp. 1
Kinship in the History of Anthropology
Whatever Happened to Kinship Studies? Reflections of a Feminist Anthropologistp. 21
Not That Lineage Stuff: Teaching Kinship into the Twenty-First Centuryp. 48
Biology and Culture in the Study of Kinship
Ties That Bond: The Role of Kinship in Primate Societiesp. 71
Neoevolutionary Approaches to Human Kinshipp. 93
Schneider Revisited: Sharing and Ratification in the Construction of Kinshipp. 109
Kinship and New Reproductive Technologies
Bound by Blood? New Meanings of Kinship and Individuality in Discourses of Genetic Counselingp. 125
The Threatened Sperm: Parenthood in the Age of Biomedicinep. 139
Kinship and Gender
Mischief on the Margins: Gender Primogeniture, and Cognatic Descent among the Maorip. 156
Power, Control, and the Mother-in-Law Problem: Face-Offs in the American Nuclear Familyp. 175
Colliding/Colluding Identities: Race, Class, and Gender in Jamaican Family Systemsp. 185
Kin and Gender in Classic Maya Society: A Case Study from Yaxchilan, Mexicop. 204
New Family Forms and New Formulations of "Family"
Parenting from Separate Households: A Cultural Perspectivep. 229
Open Adoption: Extending Families, Exchanging Factsp. 246
In the Name of the Father: Theology, Kinship, and Charisma in an American Polygynous Communityp. 264
Fictive Kinship in American Biomedicinep. 285
Kinship and the Politics of Nations
Going Nuclear: New Zealand Bureaucratic Fantasies of Samoan Extended Familiesp. 303
Women's Organizations, the Ideology of Kinship, and the State in Postindependence Malip. 322
Indexp. 341
About the Contributorsp. 354
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ISBN: 9780742501089
ISBN-10: 0742501086
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th December 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.54

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