The Metamorphoses of Kinship

The Metamorphoses of Kinship

Maurice Godelier Nora Scott / Feb 20, 2020

The Metamorphoses of Kinship With marriage in decline divorce on the rise the demise of the nuclear family and the increase in marriages and adoptions among same sex partners it is clear that the structures of kinship in the

  • Title: The Metamorphoses of Kinship
  • Author: Maurice Godelier Nora Scott
  • ISBN: 9781844677467
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With marriage in decline, divorce on the rise, the demise of the nuclear family, and the increase in marriages and adoptions among same sex partners, it is clear that the structures of kinship in the modern West are in a state of flux.In The Metamorphoses of Kinship, the world renowned anthropologist Maurice Godelier contextualizes these developments, surveying the accumulWith marriage in decline, divorce on the rise, the demise of the nuclear family, and the increase in marriages and adoptions among same sex partners, it is clear that the structures of kinship in the modern West are in a state of flux.In The Metamorphoses of Kinship, the world renowned anthropologist Maurice Godelier contextualizes these developments, surveying the accumulated experience of humanity with regard to such phenomena as the organization of lines of descent, sexuality and sexual prohibitions In parallel, Godelier studies the evolution of Western conjugal and familial traditions from their roots in the nineteenth century to the present The conclusion he draws is that it is never the case that a man and a woman are sufficient on their own to raise a child, and nowhere are relations of kinship or the family the keystone of society.Godelier argues that the changes of the last thirty years do not herald the disappearance or death agony of kinship, but rather its remarkable metamorphosis one that, ironically, is bringing us closer to the traditional societies studied by ethnologists.

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      • Maurice Godelier Nora Scott

        One of the most influential names in French anthropology Directeur d tudes at the cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales Best known as one of the earliest advocates of Marxism s incorporation into anthropology, he is also known for his field work among the Baruya in Papua New Guinea that spanned three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s.


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    1. This one's useful insofar as Godelier does the work of trying to reclaim kinship from the death knell that was struck from Schneider. Godelier reinforces the need of "theorizing" kinship through its critical connections to social structures - economics, politics -- etcs from which it cannot be divorced (at least in contemporary societies).



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