The anthropology of sibling relations: Explorations in shared parentage, experience, and exchange

Tatjana Thelen, Cati Coe, Erdmute Alber

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, after a gap following David Schneider’s critique (1984), there has been a remarkable revival of kinship in anthropology. The new kinship studies shifted interest to practices, processes, and meanings in contrast to a previous focus on jural rights and obligations, kin terms, and structures. Within this efflorescence of the literature, certain issues have dominated, while others have been largely overlooked. Exciting issues entailing moral and legal dilemmas or contesting biological notions of kinship dominate the research agenda. These include reproductive technologies (Rapp 1999, Franklin and Ragoné 1998), international adoption and the constructions and surrogates of parenthood (Howell 2006, Leinaweaver 2008, Marre and Briggs 2009, Stryker 2010, Yngvesson 2010), and "new" legally recognised forms of alliance (Smith 2001, Weston 1991). Their common ground is to highlight how kinship is produced through social practices rather than determined by the physical act of birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Anthropology of Sibling Relations
Subtitle of host publicationShared Parentage, Experience, and Exchange
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages1-26
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781137331236
ISBN (Print)9781137331229
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Thelen, T., Coe, C., & Alber, E. (2013). The anthropology of sibling relations: Explorations in shared parentage, experience, and exchange. In The Anthropology of Sibling Relations: Shared Parentage, Experience, and Exchange (pp. 1-26). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137331236_1
Thelen, Tatjana ; Coe, Cati ; Alber, Erdmute. / The anthropology of sibling relations : Explorations in shared parentage, experience, and exchange. The Anthropology of Sibling Relations: Shared Parentage, Experience, and Exchange. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. pp. 1-26
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The Anthropology of Sibling Relations: Shared Parentage, Experience, and Exchange. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. p. 1-26.

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Thelen T, Coe C, Alber E. The anthropology of sibling relations: Explorations in shared parentage, experience, and exchange. In The Anthropology of Sibling Relations: Shared Parentage, Experience, and Exchange. Palgrave Macmillan. 2013. p. 1-26 https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137331236_1