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Kinship in Action: Self and Group, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Andrew Strathern, Pamela J. Stewart

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 20, 2010

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For courses in Social Organization, Kinship, and Cultural Ecology.

 

Kinship has made a come-back in Anthropology.  Not only is there a line of noted, general, introductory works and readers in the topic, but theoretical discussions have been stimulated both by technological changes in mechanisms of reproduction and by reconsiderations of how to define kinship in the most productive ways for cross-cultural comparisons.

 

In addition, kinship studies have moved away from the minutiae of kin terminological systems and the “kinship algebra” often associated with these, to the broader analysis of processes, historical changes and fundamental cultural meanings in which kin relationships are implicated.  In this changed, and changing context both Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart -- both of the University of Pittsburgh -- bring together a number of interests and concerns, in order to provide pointers for students, as well as scholars, in this field of study. 

 

Taking an explicitly processual approach, the authors examine definitions of terms such as kinship itself, approach the topic in a way that is invariably ethnographic, and deploy materials from field areas where they themselves have worked.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

 

Chapter one:

INTRODUCTION. KINSHIP in ACTION: SELF and GROUP

 

Chapter two:

LIFE CYCLES

 

Chapter three:

CONCEPTS in REPRODUCTION

 

Chapter Four:

GROUPS

 

Chapter Five:

STRUCTURES OF MARRIAGE

 

Chapter Six (1)

EURO-AMERICAN KINSHIP

CONCEPTS and HISTORY

 

Chapter Seven

EURO-AMERICAN KINSHIP (2):

A DIVERSITY OF EXAMPLES

 

Chapter Eight

CONCLUSIONS: ISSUES OF CHANGE AND CONTINUITY

 

Appendix One: Kinship Terminologies

 

Appendix Two: Incest and Exogamy: Sex is Good to Prohibit

 

Index

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