Anthropology of kinship


Anthropology of kinship

Kinship refers to relations between individuals who are in relationships either by descent or marriage (and in some occasions fictive kinship).A field that is now ignored by researchers and scholars, despite it's use for areas like gender studies.

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Hi all, I am doing some work on historical documents and I am looking around for an appropriate application to create a genealogical database. I have looked at the Ingres database, which looks…Continue

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Comment by Alice C. Linsley on November 21, 2009 at 11:16pm
I'm interesting in identifying kinship patterns among the rulers listed in Genesis. Here we find a unqiue pattern, rather like a social signature. Once the pattern is identified, I look for where in the world today this pattern might still be observed. It is interesting also how resistant to change kinship pattern can be.
Comment by Keith Hart on November 21, 2009 at 9:03pm
Kinship is still vital to understanding society, but it is often called something else, like gender, ethnicity, identity, social mobility. Concern with the "disappeared" in Argentina, Cyprus, Vietnam or Ruanda is one example of how the political consequences of kinship resurface in forms that the traditional study of kinship might have missed. Romanian mothers who leave their children behind in order to look after Italian grandmothers abandoned by their own families and the 'third sector' of voluntary help, offer a vivid example of how kinship is becoming international. This is not to dismiss the traditional specialisms of the anthropology of kinship, but just to suggest that they have to be connected to contemporary social realities in order to live again.
Comment by Miruna Rolea on November 21, 2009 at 8:53pm
In my country the area of kinship is undeveloped. It is so underdeveloped that there is only one professor who actually teaches this. So it's useless to say the limited access to resources.
But someone has to start somehwere at one moment, i believe.
Also I have been told by many people (more or less Romanian) that kinship is a dead subject and it will get my nowhere. My opinion is a bit different from theirs, but still I would like to know what you feel about this.
Comment by Keith Hart on November 21, 2009 at 8:17pm
I was trained at Cambridge by some of the greatest specialists in kinship that the world has seen. I have since become an economic anthropologist, but I never lost sight of the centrality of kinship in economy. If coping with the world at large requires each of us to be highly self-reliant, we enter it as members of households and base our most intimate and long-term strategies for life on them. Meyer Fortes, who more than any anthropologist insisted on this fact, preferred to talk about the ‘development cycle of domestic groups’ (Goody 1958) rather than households or families. But the idea that social structures are reproduced through ordinary human outcomes of birth, copulation and death reinforces a focus on the ‘householding’ dimension of economic order.
Comment by Alice C. Linsley on November 18, 2009 at 1:31am
Miruna, Thanks for starting this group. Kinship is an exciting field of anthropology and I'm looking forward to some interesting discussions here. Best wishes to you.

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