Kinship and Gender: An Introduction / Edition 4

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Students of anthropology are expected to acquire a sound knowledge of kinship. When taught without the link to gender, the basics of anthropological kinship can be boring and tedious. Kinship and Gender, Third Edition successfully links the two concepts, bringing the topics alive for students and demonstrating their relevancy to the students' own lives and understanding of other cultures. This third edition features a new section on kinship theory. Two new case studies are also included that address more recent and novel forms of kinship and family in Euro-American families and new reproductive technologies that challenge traditional notions of kinship in societies all over the world.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Stone's innovative approach to a difficult subject makes it abundantly clear that kinship is not passe. She weaves current cross-cultural stories and illustrations throughout the text to show how kinship values ground an individual in society.
Lina Fruzzetti, Brown University

Praise for Previous Editions:

"Stone’s excellent text offers a broad introduction to key concepts in an anthropological understanding of the family."
William Donner, Kutztown University

"A wonderfully nuanced introduction to the relationships between kinship, gender roles, and reproductive life in a cross-cultural perspective. In addition to exploring the diversity of gendered relationships, Stone provides mechanisms that allow students to understand why particular gender roles develop in particular societies."
Shane Macfarlan, Oregon State University

"This is an excellent text for teaching, with compelling case studies and an engaging, accessible style. In offering an argument for the combining of ‘kinship’ and ‘gender’ into one domain of inquiry, it represents an invitation to students and scholars alike to revitalize kinship studies by drawing on gender scholarship. Now with additional material on contemporary social problems, this book is more user-friendly than ever."
Diane E. King, University of Kentucky

"Now in its fourth edition, Kinship and Gender provides an expansive, sophisticated, yet thoroughly accessible introduction to the reconstituted field of kinship studies. Stone adeptly combines an encyclopedic treatment of classic themes with incisive analyses of the shifting contours of a field that has much to contribute to the increasingly high-stakes political debates concerning ‘kinship’, ‘marriage’, and ‘reproduction’ in the new millennium. The end result is a text that will be of great value in the classroom and far beyond."
Michael G. Peletz, Emory University

"The study of kinship within anthropology has been re-energized by its association with gender, by its exploration of the impact of new reproductive technologies, and by new ethnographic research on household and family forms in Euro-American contexts to complement the long tradition of studying kinship in other parts of the globe. Stone’s book integrates these new problems and approaches into a comprehensive volume replete with interesting case studies that is accessible to undergraduate students. Finally, there is an excellent text to assign."
Caroline Brettell, Southern Methodist University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344027
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Stone is professor emeritus of anthropology at Washington State University. She is the coauthor of Gender and Culture in America and Genes, Culture, and Evolution.

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Table of Contents

1 Gender, reproduction, and kinship 1
2 The evolution of kinship and gender 27
3 The power of patrilines 71
4 Through the mother 119
5 Double, bilateral, and cognatic descent 161
6 Marriage 191
7 A history of Euro-American kinship and gender 235
8 Kinship, gender, and the new reproductive technologies : the beginning of the end? 277
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    Posted January 27, 2013


    This textbook is required for one of my classes. It will not open online, with the Nook Study, or on my Nook. This is a waste of money and unfortunately you cannot receive refunds for e-books. Just do not buy this.

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