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Lecture 19

ANTH LECTURE 19th CENTRUY STUDY OF KINSHIPS

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 103
Professor
Govindrajan
Semester
Spring

Description
ANTH LECTURE 19  CENTRUY STUDY OF KINSHIPS • 19  century study of Kinships o Emphasis on facts of biology and human reproduction o Kinship was seen as something natural • Kinship systems o   o   o   • Denaturalizing kinship the 1960s and beyond o David Schneider 1972  Kinship wars o Western biological models of production are folk categories  Uses folk categories as social construct  Argued that this system is not universal o As folk categories, these are symbolic, and should be treated as cultural  constructs o These models are not natural o Blood is thicker than water reflects Euro­American thinking on kinship  and is inapplicable to other societies • Studies of kinship and culture from 1960s o What does kinship really mean to people o An emphasis on practice (what people do) and process (and how they do  over time)
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