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"This body is our body": Viswakarma Puja, the social debts of kinship, and theologies of materiality in a neo-liberal shipyard

Bear, Laura (2013) "This body is our body": Viswakarma Puja, the social debts of kinship, and theologies of materiality in a neo-liberal shipyard. In: Cannell, Fenella and McKinnon, Susie, (eds.) Vital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship. SAR Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. ISBN 9781938645013

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Abstract

Why should kinship matter in an analysis of the ways Italian textile and clothing manufacturers outsource the production of their fashion lines to China? How might attention to kinship illuminate our understanding of the Argentine nation-state and its oil industry? What does it mean that even high-tech, scientific workplaces—like blood banks and pathology labs in Penang, Malaysia—are thoroughly domesticated by relations of kinship and marriage? Can Indian shipyard workers’ ideas about kinship, reproduction, and the divine tell us something unexpected about the presumed secular nature of productive labor in the global economy? How do Mormon understandings of kinship and adoption help us reflect on mainstream Protestant and even ostensibly secular ideas of kinship?

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://sarweb.org/
Additional Information: © 2013 SAR Press
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 08:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46195/

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