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Aging in the Absence of the Young and in the Presence of the Ancestor Spirits, by Maria Louw Aarhus University

In this blog post I will present a research project I am currently engaged in and reflect on some of my preliminary findings. The project is part of…

The Place That Is Our Home

A Daughter’s Disability and a Father’s Awakening

[no-caption] Thomas W. Pearson The nurse gently lifted Michaela onto my partner’s bare chest, a newborn embraced by her mother for the first time. I marveled at the…

Native Kinships and Wealth among the Middle Chinookans

Native kinships are incredibly complex. They do not follow the nice neat patterns of kinship that Americans have adopted from their European ancestors. Native peoples did not only…

Splice of Life by Lisa Jean Moore

A Birthday Present Georgia, my middle daughter of three, is a combination of my DNA and identity release[1] donor #2817[2]. Unlike her sisters who both have the advantage…

#Review: White Gold. Stories of Breast Milk Sharing

Those of the general public who have heard of milk kinship usually regard milk kinship as a feature of “primitive”, “tribal” lineage-based societies, often semi-feudal, with residues almost…

Ep. #8 Savage Bitcoin, hamster flushing, scholars at work, and New Mandala: this month on TFS

This month, Ian (1:25) digs into Bitcoin, arguing that the cryptocurrency is no different than regular currencies, and can be analyzed along all the same lines: symbolically, materially,…

A Christmas Anth(rop)ology

For this week’s blog, we decided to each write some thoughts on Christmas, from varied anthropological perspectives. We come at this from the position of people who were…

Video: Kinship and Belonging – Part IV of #FutureCentralAsia

In this panel, the three discussants, David Montgomery (Washington), Julie Billaud (Geneva), and Judith Beyer (Konstanz) are discussing the following three books: Eva-Marie Dubuisson. 2017. Living l…

After the Eulogy? The Future of Central Asian Studies in the Accelerated Academy

In an address to students at Indiana University in 2015, anthropologist and journalist Sarah Kendzior described Central Asian Studies as a ‘dying field’ and billed her address as…

Care, assimilation and revitalization in Deanuleahki, Sápmi

We have the pleasure to host at the anthropology team Annikki Herranen-Tabibi, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. She is doing research on  kin-based forms of care, an…

Happy New Year from Allegra!

After a well deserved break during the holiday season, Allegra is back and full of energy for yet another exciting year! We have lots of wonderful stuff –…

Insiders, Outsiders, and Intellectual Kinship #UniversityCrisis

Marshall Sahlins once dismissed the possibility that teacher-student relationships might be a kind of kinship. ‘Persons may have various relational attributes and thus be linked to diverse others…

On the Backs of Other Mothers

I had no idea I was singing the saddest song about motherhood of all time. It all started when I became curious about a lullaby my grandmother used…

Of Fantasy and Daughters

I recently had the excellent fortune to guest blog on The Horn Book’s new venture: Family Reading about my love of reading fantasy, and sharing the books with my…

The US-Dakota War and Failed Settler Kinship

Before we arrive in Minneapolis for the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting, I share a story that provides formative history, and which may help you understand the storied land…

#Review: What Kinship Is – And Is Not

While Western political leaders overtly inflame followers by ascribing innate difference to Others, the lucidity and coherence of Marshall Sahlins’ 2013 monograph What Kinship Is – And Is…

#Review: What Kinship Is – And Is Not

To what degree can our biological, genetic and reproductive systems be considered the basis for family relationships? Marshall Sahlins divides his answer to this question into two sections…

The Emergence of “Divorce Before Consummation” as a Legal Category in Jordanian Sharia Courts #fictions

Today’s inquiry into the nature of legal fictions takes us to Jordan’s government-run Sharia courts, where the concept of “divorce before consummation” (ṭalāq qabl al-dakhūl) has become something…

Stop Blaming Parents for Our Society’s Failures

Yet another parenting article popped up in my Facebook feed this week. Not a How-To parenting article, which is annoying enough, but a You’re-Doing-Everything-Wrong parenting article. Generation X’s…

Call for Reviews: Recent Publications on #kinship

Allegra’s reviews editor curated for you this list of some of the most interesting recent releases on #kinship. It’s sometimes good to go back to classic anthropological themes!…

Surviving the Holidays, Anthropologist Style

As the holidays inch closer, and you’re beginning to dread joining the bag of mixed nuts you call your family, consider approaching them with anthropologists’ eyes this year….

Bianca Brijnath’s “Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India” by Tanja Ahlin

Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India by Bianca Brijnath Berghahn Books, 2014, 240 pages Bianca Brijnath’s book, Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia…

Sarah Pinto’s Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India by Saiba Varma

Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 283 pages. Sarah Pinto’s extraordinary ethnography, Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in C…