The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.

Kinship and New Social Forms: Kindred Politics, Biotechnology, and Feminist Activism

Kinship and New Social Forms: Kindred Politics, Biotechnology, and Feminist Activism

Kinning anthropological thought: kindred politics, biotechnology, and feminist activism
Rose Edith Wellman

In the same way as economics, politics, and religion, anthropologists have long seen kinship as one of the fundamental building blocks of society (Schneider, 1984: 175). But how is kinship viewed today and why does an understanding of kinship continue to matter? This chapter makes the argument that the study of kinship – now reconfigured – is a potent tool for reconceptualizing topics of great importance in our contemporary world (Franklin and McKinnon, 2001). From geopolitical tensions to interspecies relationships, from gender inequity to religious movements, and from gene splicing to multispecies relations, theories of kinship are ‘good ...

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