After Kinship: An Anthropologist's After Kinship

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The author in After Kinship argues that anthropologists should adopt new ways to study kinship since the innovative practices are both raising new concerns and challenging our old understandings. Anthropologists perceive kinship as non-western phenomena which is strongly intertwined with political and societal structures in which the boundaries between “rule of law” and “rule of nature” are blurred. On the contrary, kinship is believed to be obsolete in the West and reduced to the notion of nuclear family, which is on its part deprived of from any political and societal functions. Family is perceived as separate, domestic and private and rather natural than cultural. However, the examples provided in the beginning of the chapter question our
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