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The metamorphoses of kinship

Author: Maurice Godelier
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso Books, ©2011.
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"With marriage in decline, divorce on the rise, the demise of the nuclear family, and the increase in marriages and adoptions among same-sex partners, it is clear that the structures of kinship in the modern West are in a state of flux. In the Metamorphoses of Kinship, the world-renowned anthropologist Maurice Godelier contextualizes these developments, surveying the accumulated experience of humanity with regard to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Godelier
ISBN: 9781844677467 184467746X
OCLC Number: 711052062
Language Note: Translation of: Métamorphoses de la parenté.
Notes: Translation of: Métamorphoses de la parenté.
Description: 638 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Kinship in the field : the Baruya of New Guinea --
The components of kinship --
Filiation and descent (first component) --
Alliance and residence (second and third components) --
Kinship terminologies (fourth component) --
The functions and field of parenthood --
Begetting ordinary humans (fifth component 1) --
Begetting extraordinary humans (fifth component 2) --
The sexed body : a ventriloquist's dummy that gives voice to the order or the disorder of society and the cosmos --
Incest (sixth component): and a few other misuses of sex --
Concerning the origins and the basis of the incest taboo : Freud and Lévi-Strauss --
Proposals for a different scenario --
Of the past, we cannot make a clean state : assessing the theories --
Conclusion : what future for what kin ties?
Other Titles: Métamorphoses de la parenté.
Responsibility: Maurice Godelier ; translated by Nora Scott.
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This is a blockbuster of a book. Nothing like it has been written since Levi-Strauss's Structures elementaires de la parente (1949) or Meyer Fortes's Kinship and the Social Order (1969). Yet in the Read more...

 
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