The Rebirth of Kinship

Mary K. Shenk, Siobhán M. Mattison

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Abstract

Kinship was one of the key areas of research interest among anthropologists in the nineteenth century, one of the most hotly debated areas of theory in the early and mid-twentieth century, and yet an area of waning interest by the end of the twentieth century. Since then, the study of kinship has experienced a revitalization, with concomitant disputes over how best to proceed. This special issue brings together recent studies of kinship by scientific anthropologists employing evolutionary theory and quantitative methods. We argue that the melding of the evolutionary theoretical perspective with quantitative and ethnographic methodologies has strengthened and reinvigorated the study of kinship by synthesizing and extending existing research via rigorous analyses of evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Nature
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Shenk, Mary K. ; Mattison, Siobhán M. / The Rebirth of Kinship. In: Human Nature. 2011 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 1-15.
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