American Kinship: A Cultural Account by David Murray Schneider

By David Murray Schneider

American Kinship is the 1st try to deal systematically with kinship as a procedure of symbols and meanings, and never easily as a community of functionally interrelated familial roles. Schneider argues that the learn of a hugely differentiated society similar to our personal can be extra revealing of the character of kinship than the learn of anthropologically extra regularly occurring, yet much less differentiated societies. He is going to the center of the ideology of kinfolk between kin in the US by means of finding the underlying beneficial properties of the definition of kinship—nature vs. legislations, substance vs. code. essentially the most major positive aspects of American Kinship, then, is the categorical improvement of a idea of tradition on which the research relies, a conception that has considering proved precious within the research of different cultures. For this Phoenix variation, Schneider has written a considerable new bankruptcy, responding to his critics and recounting the costs in his proposal because the e-book was once first released in 1968.

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At the same time, that unity or identity of flesh and blood, that oneness of material, stands for the unity of cognatic love. Both love and sexual intercourse turn on two distinct elements. One is the unification of opposites. The other is the separation of unities. Male and female, the opposites, are united in sexual intercourse as hus­ band and wife. Their different biogenetic substances are united in the 40 . · �· . t' ·. :� ·::rzy . The family \�fi. ·j' �ti� child conceived of that union and their relationship to e�ch other is reaffirmed not only as husband and wife to each other, but as parents of )� their child, father and mother to the same offspring.

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Sexual intercourse states and defines the elements of kinship and the :: relations of those elements to each other. The family also states the ele­ ments and their relation to each other, but it is at the same time a .. paradigm for how family or kinship relations should be conducted, and to what end. of the constituent elements, their definition, their postulation as natural and cultural entities (that is, selected by ..

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