Politics and Kinship: A Reader offers a unique overview of the entanglement of these two categories in both theoretical debates and everyday practices. The two, despite many challenges, are often thought to have become separated during the process of modernisation. Tracing how this notion of separation becomes idealised and translated into various contexts, this book sheds light on its epistemological limitations. Combining otherwise-distinct lines of discussion within political anthropology and kinship studies, the selection of texts covers a broad range of intersecting topics that range from military strategy, DNA testing, and child fostering, to practices of kinning the state.

Beginning with the study of politics, the first part of this volume looks at how its separation from kinship came to be considered a ‘modern’ phenomenon, with significant consequences. The second part starts from kinship, showing how it was made into a separate and apolitical field – an idea that would soon travel and be translated globally into policies. The third part turns to reproductions through various transmissions and future-making projects. Overall, the volume offers a fundamental critique of the epistemological separation of politics and kinship, and its shortcomings for teaching and research. Featuring contributions from a broad range of regional, temporal and theoretical backgrounds, it allows for critical engagement with knowledge production about the entanglement of politics and kinship.

The different traditions and contemporary approaches represented make this book an essential resource for researchers, instructors and students of anthropology.

chapter |33 pages

Politics and Kinship

An introduction
ByTatjana Thelen, Erdmute Alber

part I|2 pages

Starting from politics: Partitions and boundaries

chapter 1|3 pages

African Political Systems

ByMeyer Fortes, Edward E. Evans-Pritchard

chapter 3|12 pages

Kinship Weaponized

Representations of kinship and binary othering in U.S. military anthropology
ByThomas Zitelmann

chapter 4|16 pages

Father State, Motherland, and the Birth of Modern Turkey

ByCarol Delaney

chapter 5|4 pages

The Village Headman in British Central Africa

ByMax Gluckman

chapter 6|12 pages

State Kinning and Kinning the State in Serbian Elder Care Programs

ByTatjana Thelen, André Thiemann, Duška Roth

part II|122 pages

Starting from kinship: Technologies and travels

chapter 7|17 pages

Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family

General results
ByLewis Henry Morgan

chapter 8|16 pages

Doubt is the Mother of all Invention

DNA and paternity in a Brazilian setting
ByClaudia Fonseca

chapter 9|14 pages

The Algebra of Genocide

ByDiane Nelson

chapter 10|34 pages

Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power

Gender and morality in the making of race
ByAnn Laura Stoler

chapter 11|20 pages

Genomics En Route

Ancestry, heritage and the politics of identity across the Black Atlantic 1
ByKatharina Schramm

chapter 12|19 pages

Making Merit

The Indian institutes of technology and the social life of caste
ByAjantha Subramanian

part III|65 pages

Reproductions: Transmissions and future making

chapter 13|7 pages

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

ByFriedrich Engels, Ernest Untermann

chapter 14|12 pages

Including Our Own

ByJeanette Edwards, Marilyn Strathern

chapter 15|16 pages

Parenthood and Social Reproduction

ByEsther N. Goody

chapter 16|14 pages

No School without Foster Families in Northern Benin

A social historical approach
ByErdmute Alber

chapter 17|14 pages

Defining Parents, Making Citizens

Nationality and citizenship in transnational surrogacy
ByDaisy Deomampo