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Changing the subject: about cousin marriage, among other things (Huxley Lecture, Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 Dec 2007)

Kuper, Adam (2008) Changing the subject: about cousin marriage, among other things (Huxley Lecture, Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 Dec 2007). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (4). pp. 717-735. ISSN 1359-0987

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2008.00527.x

Abstract

The original sin of anthropology was to divide the world into civilized and savage. The social systems of all those other peoples supposedly rested upon a foundation of blood relationships. Anthropologists therefore became at once the experts on the primitive and on kinship. In the 1970s Western kinship systems began to undergo radical change. Simultaneously, the old orthodoxies about kinship crumbled in anthropology. Young ethnographers generally lost interest in the topic. Kinship systems have nevertheless not gone away, out there in the world. But to understand them we must first abandon the opposition between the modern and the traditional, the West and the Rest.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2008 Royal Anthropological Institute
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 15:15
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 09:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54617

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