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In France as elsewhere in recent years, legislative debates over single-parent households, same-sex unions, new reproductive techlogies, transsexuality, and other challenges to long-held assumptions about the structure of family and kinship relations have been deeply divisive. What strikes many as uniquely French, however, is the extent to which many of these discussions-whether in legislative chambers, courtrooms, or the mass media-have been conducted in the frequently abstract vocabularies of anthropology and psychoanalysis.
In this highly original book, Camille Robcis seeks to explain why and how academic discourses on kinship have intersected and overlapped with political debates on the family-and on the nature of French republicanism itself. She focuses on the theories of Claude Levi-Strauss and Jacques Lacan, both of whom highlighted the interdependence of the sexual and the social by positing a direct correlation between kinship and socialization. Robcis traces how their ideas gained recognition t only from French social scientists but also from legislators and politicians who relied on some of the most obscure and difficult concepts of structuralism to enact a series of laws concerning the family.
Levi-Strauss and Lacan constructed the heterosexual family as a universal trope for social and psychic integration, and this understanding of the family at the root of intersubjectivity coincided with the role that the family has played in modern French law and public policy. The Law of Kinship contributes to larger conversations about the particularities of French political culture, the nature of sexual difference, and the problem of reading and interpretation in intellectual history.
- Author BiographyCamille Robcis is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University.
- Author(s)Camille Robcis
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication11/04/2013
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note7, 7 black & white halftones
- Weight457 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm