Blood and Kinship: Matter for Metaphor from Ancient Rome to the Present

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Christopher H. Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher
Berghahn Books, Jan 30, 2013 - History - 368 pages
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The word "blood" awakens ancient ideas, but we know little about its historical representation in Western cultures. Anthropologists have customarily studied how societies think about the bodily substances that unite them, and the contributors to this volume develop those questions in new directions. Taking a radically historical perspective that complements traditional cultural analyses, they demonstrate how blood and kinship have constantly been reconfigured in European culture. This volume challenges the idea that blood can be understood as a stable entity, and shows how concepts of blood and kinship moved in both parallel and divergent directions over the course of European history.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Agnatio Cognatio Consanguinitas
18
Chapter 2 The Bilineal Transmission of Blood in Ancient Rome
40
Chapter 3 Flesh and Blood in Medieval Language
61
Chapter 4 Flesh and Blood in the Treatises on the Arbor Consanguinitatis
83
Chapter 5 Discourses of Blood and Kinship in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile
105
Chapter 6 The Shed Blood of Christ
125
Chapter 7 Descent and Alliance
144
Chapter 9 Class Dimensions of Blood Kinship and Race in Brittany
196
Chapter 10 Nazi AntiSemitism and the Question of Jewish Blood
227
Chapter 11 Biosecuritization
244
Chapter 12 Biomedical Contexts in Contemporary Britain and Malaysia
266
Chapter 13 From Blood to Genes?
285
Bibliography
307
Contributors
334
Index
338

Chapter 8 The Emergence of the Racial Nation in the French Atlantic World
175

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Christopher H. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of History at Wayne State University. A National Book Award nominee and Guggenheim Fellow, his publications include The Life and Death of Industrial Languedoc, 1700-1920: The Politics of De-Industrialization (1995).

Bernhard Jussen has been Professor of Medieval History at Goethe University Frankfurt since 2008. In 2007 he was awarded the Leibniz prize of the German Research Foundation. His publications include Spiritual Kinship as Social Practice (2000) and Atlas des Historischen Bildwissens (2009).

David Warren Sabean is Henry J. Bruman Professor of German History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publications include Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870 (1998).

Simon Teuscher is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Zurich. His publications include Lord's Rights and Peasant Stories. Writing and the Formation of Tradition in the Later Middle Ages (2012).

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