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- DescriptionHow can we hold in the same view both cultural or historical constructs and generalities about social existence? Kinship, Law and the Unexpected takes up an issue at the heart of studies of society - the way we use relationships to uncover relationships. Relationality is a phemen at once contingent (on certain ways of kwing) and ubiquitous (to social life). The role of relations in western (Euro-American) kwledge practices, from the scientific revolution onwards, raises a question about the extent to which Euro-American kinship is the kinship of a kwledge-based society. The argument takes the reader through current issues in biotechlogy, new family formations and legal interventions, and intellectual property debates, to matters of personhood and ownership afforded by material from Melanesia and elsewhere. If we are often surprised by what our relatives do, we may also be surprised by what relations tells us about the world we live in.
- Author BiographyMarilyn Strathern is William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge. She has carried out fieldwork over several years in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (Melanesia). She is the author of several works including Kinship at the Core, After Nature and Property, Substance and Effect.
- Author(s)Marilyn Strathern
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/10/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight360 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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