Review of After Kinship
Department or Administrative Unit
Anthropology and Museum Studies
After Kinship is a crucial contribution to the paradigm shift in anthropological analyses of kinship, initiated most prominently in the work of David Schneider and Marilyn Strathern. Janet Carsten connects contemporary issues in kinship to discussions of house, person, gender, substance, and new reproductive technologies: discussions that have largely supplanted kinship in anthropology for the past several decades. In doing so, she develops new ground for studying kinship and relatedness by questioning and moving beyond a series of limiting dichotomies: nature–culture, biological–social, substance–code, and the reigning distinctions between Western and non-Western societies.
Barlow, K. (2005). Review of the book After Kinship by J. Carsten]. American Anthropologist, 107(4), 717–718. https://doi.org/10.1525/aa.2005.107.4.717
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