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Gender, Kinship and Power: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary History Mary Jo Maynes

Gender, Kinship and Power: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary History

Mary Jo Maynes

Published December 12th 1995
ISBN : 9780415912983
Paperback
374 pages
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This text explores a paradox of kinship - namely that in any given culture kinship is understood as natural or scientific, but comparing cultures or even different epochs within the same culture reveals how kinship is an ongoing project of humanMoreThis text explores a paradox of kinship - namely that in any given culture kinship is understood as natural or scientific, but comparing cultures or even different epochs within the same culture reveals how kinship is an ongoing project of human construction. The book consists of a general introduction to the topic and twenty essays examining different aspects of kinship: how family relations and descent are understood, how property is passed down from one generation to the next, how gender differences matter in kinship rules and practices, and how kinship positions held by men and women affect their power in other realms. Areas covered by the book include: China, Italy, India, England, Austria, Jamaica.