By Janet Carsten
What's the effect on anthropology of modern stories of reproductive applied sciences, gender, and the social development of technology within the West? what's the value of public nervousness in regards to the relatives to anthropology's analytic technique? Janet Carsten provides an unique view of the previous, current, and way forward for kinship in anthropology on the way to be of curiosity to anthropologists in addition to to different social scientists.
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Jumping over these ﬁres is a way of protecting households from evil but is also, of course, a source of entertainment and excitement. In childbirth, it is the household hearth that puriﬁes the new baby by consuming the severed umbilical cord and thus detaching the baby from unclean, antisocial, prenatal inﬂuences. In all these and many other ways, we are told how the hearth symbolizes the unity of those who live together and endows this unity with sacred characteristics (Pina-Cabral 1986: 39–41).
Assumptions about women’s lack of political control as well as 14 Introduction: After Kinship? those about the nature of the domestic family meant that what being a “wife” or “mother” actually involved was not always subject to analytic scrutiny. Whereas mid-century anthropologists took kinship to be central to social organization in the non-Western societies that they studied, studies of kinship in Western societies by sociologists, historians, and anthropologists tended to assume that kinship was a relatively minor aspect of social organization.
A wife returns to her parental home for the couple’s ﬁrst pregnancy (and even subsequent ones), and the groom must woo her back. As the couple gradually acquire children, the groom and his relatives strengthen and rebuild the house, substituting the soft, permeable bamboo with hard wood. The Zaﬁmaniry speak of houses “acquiring bones” (1995: 78), and the image could hardly be more redolent of the corporeal quality of houses and their link to the bodies of the inhabitants they contain. Eventually, a successful marriage is made evident in many children, and in a hard, decorated, and beautiful house.
After Kinship (New Departures in Anthropology) by Janet Carsten