A Critique of the Study of Kinship

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University of Michigan Press, 1984 - Social Science - 208 pages
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Schneider views kinship study as a product of Western bias and challenges its use as the universal measure of the study of social structure
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The First Description
11
The Second Description
21
Is Theory Alone Responsible for the Weakness of the First Description?
35
Introduction to Part II
43
Some Assumptions behind the First Description
45
Is Kinship a Privileged System?
57
Tabinau FatherChild and Patriliny Is This Kinship?
67
A History of Some Definitions of Kinship
97
Some Fundamental Difficulties in the Study of Kinship Exemplified by Scheffler and Lounsbury
113
A Note on the Significance of Definition
127
Malinowskis Legacy and Some Perils of Functionalism
133
Some Further Perils in the Study of Kinship as Exemplified by Goodenough
145
The Fundamental Assumption in the Study of Kinship Blood Is Thicker Than Water
165
Institutions Domains and Other Rubrics
181
Conclusion
187

Genung MotherChild and Matriliny Is This Kinship?
79
Introduction to Part III
95

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