Kinship, Relatedness and Personhood

The theorising of kinship relations has always had a central place in anthropological studies. This course will equip students with an understanding of kinship and personhood as essential aspects of human sociality, a knowledge of the key debates in kinship studies, and basic methods for the investigation of kinship and relatedness in field research. Topics covered will include current anthropological approaches to a wider field of ‘relatedness’ in a globalised world marked by new communicative technologies, voluntaristic friendships, changing family structures, the shifting significance of kin networks, the formation of transnational families, and the development of New Reproductive Technologies.

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