Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself

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Using supporting evidence that runs from the Solomon Islands and classical China to ancient Ireland, Akenson argues that there are four basic genealogical forms. Highly significant on its own, this insight also provides the information needed to assess the Latter-day Saints' efforts to provide a single narrative of how humanity keeps track of itself. Appendices cover topics of vital interest to historians, genealogists, and ethnographers, such as the use and limits of genetic data in genealogy, the reality of ...
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Overview

Using supporting evidence that runs from the Solomon Islands and classical China to ancient Ireland, Akenson argues that there are four basic genealogical forms. Highly significant on its own, this insight also provides the information needed to assess the Latter-day Saints' efforts to provide a single narrative of how humanity keeps track of itself. Appendices cover topics of vital interest to historians, genealogists, and ethnographers, such as the use and limits of genetic data in genealogy, the reality of false-paternity as a widespread phenomenon in genealogical lines, and the vexing issues of incest and cousin-marriage. A unique study of a neglected topic, Some Family illuminates the stories that cultures tell themselves through their family trees.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780773537279
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Donald Harman Akenson is Douglas Professor of Canadian and Colonial History, Queen's University, the world's leading scholar on the Irish diaspora, and the author of several major works on the history of Judaism and Christianity.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Getting in touch 5

1 Yesterday's news 7

2 What do the Mormons think...? 17

3 The indomitable overcoming the inevitable 50

Pt. 2 The course of Adam 71

4 What's the plot? 73

5 The grammars of genealogical ascent 84

6 A big imperial engine? 124

7 Resistance, submission, subversion 149

Pt. 3 The saints come marching 183

8 God's massive engine? 185

App. A The poverty of terminology 217

App. B Inbreeding and incest 227

App. C False-paternity 243

App. D False-maternity 257

App. E Genetics as genealogical evidence 263

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