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After Kinship


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1. Introduction: after kinship?; 2. Houses of memory and kinship; 3. Gender, bodies, and kinship; 4. The person; 5. Uses and abuses of substance; 6. Families into nation: the power of metaphor and the transformation of kinship; 7. Assisted reproduction.

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An approachable and original view of the past, present, and future of kinship in anthropology.


'In this creative book, Janet Carsten unsettles and reorients our traditional ideas about kinship. Through her deep understanding of kinship theory and comparative eye, we see kinship as it is made in shared experience, and interwoven with concepts of the house, person, gender, nationality, and new technologies. Kinship studies may once again become the heart of anthropology. After Carsten, they will never be the same.' Stephen Gudeman, The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences '... the book provides students with good examples for the variable, local meanings of kinship ...' Social Anthropology

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