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Cultures of relatedness

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Anthropologists discuss changing ideas of relatedness, transformed by radical changes in marriage arrangements, gender relations and new reproductive technologies. We can no longer assume that fundamental social relationships are grounded in 'biology' or 'nature', and this brings into question received wisdom at the heart of the study of kinship. Our understanding of what makes a person a relative has been transformed by radical changes in marriage arrangements and gender relations, and by new reproductive technologies. We can no longer take it for granted that our most fundamental social relationships are grounded in 'biology' or 'nature'. These developments have prompted anthropologists to take a fresh look at idioms of relatedness in other societies, and to review the ways in which relationships are symbolised and interpreted in our own society. Defamiliarizing some classic cases, challenging the established analytic categories of anthropology, the contributors to this innovative book focus on the boundary between the 'biological' and the 'social', and bring into question the received wisdom at the heart of the study of kinship.

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Author(s):
Janet Carsten
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
152 mm x 228 mm 382 g
Edition:
2000
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521656273
ISBN-13:
9780521656276
Number of pages:
215
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Cultures of relatedness

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Anthropologists discuss changing ideas of relatedness, transformed by radical changes in marriage arrangements, gender relations and new reproductive technologies. We can no longer assume that fundamental social relationships are grounded in 'biology' or 'nature', and this brings into question received wisdom at the heart of the study of kinship. Our understanding of what makes a person a relative has been transformed by radical changes in marriage arrangements and gender relations, and by new reproductive technologies. We can no longer take it for granted that our most fundamental social relationships are grounded in 'biology' or 'nature'. These developments have prompted anthropologists to take a fresh look at idioms of relatedness in other societies, and to review the ways in which relationships are symbolised and interpreted in our own society. Defamiliarizing some classic cases, challenging the established analytic categories of anthropology, the contributors to this innovative book focus on the boundary between the 'biological' and the 'social', and bring into question the received wisdom at the heart of the study of kinship.

Author(s):
Janet Carsten
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
152 mm x 228 mm 382 g
Edition:
2000
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521656273
ISBN-13:
9780521656276
Number of pages:
215
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Cultures of relatedness

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