Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship

Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship

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This authoritative introductory text takes into account the changes in the conceptualisation of kinship brought about by new reproductive technologies and the growing interest in culturally specific notions of personhood and gender. Holy considers the extent to which Western assumptions have guided anthropological study of kinship in the past. In the process, he reveals a growing sensitivity on the part of anthropologists to individual ideas of personhood and gender, and encourages further critical reflection on cultural bias in approaches to the more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 16mm | 322.06g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745309178
  • 9780745309170
  • 884,201

About Ladislav Holy

Ladislav Holy was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and the author of several publications including Kinship, Honour and Solidarity: Cousin Marriage in the Middle East (1989). He died in more

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. First principles 2. Kinship, descent and marriage 3. Kinship and the domestic domain 4. Descent and the public domain I: lineage theory 5. Descent and the public domain II: matrilineal and cognatic descent 6. Marriage and alliance 7. Universality of kinship and the current practice of kinship studies Notes Indexshow more

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