After Nature: English Kinship in the Late Twentieth Century

After Nature: English Kinship in the Late Twentieth Century

by Marilyn Strathern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521426804

ISBN-13: 9780521426800

Pub. Date: 03/12/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Central as kinship has been to the development of British social anthropology, this is the first attempt by an anthropologist to situate ideas about English kinship in a cultural context. Marilyn Strathern challenges the traditional separation of Western kinship studies from the study of the wider society. If contemporary society appears diverse, changing and…  See more details below

Overview

Central as kinship has been to the development of British social anthropology, this is the first attempt by an anthropologist to situate ideas about English kinship in a cultural context. Marilyn Strathern challenges the traditional separation of Western kinship studies from the study of the wider society. If contemporary society appears diverse, changing and fragmented, these same features also apply to people's ideas about kinship. She views ideas of relatedness, nature and the biological constitution of persons in their cultural context, and offers new insights into the late twentieth-century values of individualism and consumerism. After Nature is a timely reflection at a moment when advances in reproductive technology raise questions about the natural basis of kinship relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521426800
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/12/1992
Series:
Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface: making explicit; 1. Individuality and diversity; 2. Analogies for a plural culture; 3. The progress of polite society; 4. Greenhouse effect; Recapitulation: nostalgia from a postplural world; Footnotes; References.

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