chapter  5
5New Perspectives on Kinship: Overcoming the Eurocentrism and Scientism of Kinship Studies through Lexical Universals
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In a wide-ranging recent debate on kinship studies in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, linguist and cognitive scientist Stephen Levinson writes (2010: 392): “The neglect of kinship in current anthropology and in the cognitive sciences is not far short of a scandal. Humans are the categorizing species, and kinship systems categorize our own most significant others, so reflecting fundamental forms of social organization.”