Kinship and Beyond

Un libro in lingua di Bamford Sandra (EDT) Leach James (EDT) edito da Berghahn Books, 2009

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With the publication in 1910 of W.H.R. Rivers's essay The Genealogical Method of Anthropological Inquiry, genealogical modeling became a standardized implement in the anthropological toolkit, bringing along with it the implicit assumptions that are inherent in the model, premises that were criticized to great acclaim by D. Schneider's A Critique of the Study of Kinship (1984), albeit to apparently little effect. This collection of ten papers, edited by Leach (anthropology, U. of Aberdeen, UK), explores how the concept of genealogy has framed orthodox anthropological understandings of kinship as well as how it has influenced Euro-American understandings of race, personhood, ethnicity, property relations, and the relationship between human beings and nonhuman species. Specific topics addressed by the papers include the relationship between the development of models of human pedigree and the development of models of animal pedigree, genealogical thinking and social differentiation in colonial Kenya, the intersection of traditional understandings of pedigree and of financial capital in the biotechnological commercialization of Icelandic genealogical history, the political implications of exporting the genealogical framework to non-Western societies through such initiatives as the mapping of the human genome and the manufacture and sale of genetically modified organisms, the ways new reproductive technologies are shaping understandings of pedigree, genealogical assumptions and their relations to assumptions about the process of acquiring knowledge, and a typology of kinship modeling that can be grouped on the basis of sharing or rejecting various elements of the genealogical paradigm. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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