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By Peter P. Schweitzer

This assortment reaffirms the significance of kinship, and of learning kinship, in the framework of social anthropology.The individuals research either the advantages and burdens of kinship throughout cultures and discover how 'relatedness' is inextricably associated with different strategies which outline people's identities - similar to gender, energy and heritage. With examples from quite a lot of components together with Austria, Greenland, Portugal, Turkey and the Amazon, it covers topics such as:* how humans decide on and turn on kinfolk* management, religious energy and kinship* inheritance, marriage and social inequality* familial sentiment and financial curiosity* the position of kinship in Utopian communesDividends of Kinshipprovides a well timed and significant reappraisal of where of familial kin within the modern international. it is going to be of curiosity to undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers in anthropology, and around the social sciences.

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While beluga whaling remained vitally important to the local economy during the nineteenth century, the Kangersuatsiarmiit subsisted mainly by the harvesting of seals. Although a small-scale inshore commercial fishery has developed throughout Upernavik district over the last decade, seal hunting not only forms part of a larger cultural system, it continues to provide the foundation for both a secure kin-based network and a sense of community in Kangersuatsiaq (Nuttall 1992). Hunters rely on catching ringed seals during winter and spring, and to a lesser extent in summer.

Dissertation, which she defended at the University of Chicago under the supervision of David Schneider. For different but comparable accounts see, among others, Yanagisako and Collier (1987) and Peletz (1995). Yanagisako and Collier identify ‘the cultural analysis of meaning’, ‘systemic models of inequality’ and ‘historical analysis’ as facets of an analytical programme. Peletz lists ‘kinship as symbols and structures’, ‘gender, power and difference’, ‘contradiction, paradox and ambivalence’ and ‘the repatriation of kinship studies and the new reproductive technologies’ as major categories of advancement.

In common with other Greenlandic communities, identity and a sense of place is expressed with the suffix -miut, meaning ‘people of. The people of Kangersuatsiaq refer to themselves, and are referred to by others, as Kangersuatsiarmiut (‘people of Kangersuatsiaq’), but more often prefer to call themselves Kangersuatsiarmiit (-miut becomes -miit in the Kangersuatsiaq dialect). In this way the Kangersuatsiarmiit express their attachment to their locality and distinguish themselves from the inhabitants of other nearby villages, such as the people of Søndre Upernavik (Søndre Upernavimmiut) and Kullorsuaq (Kullorsuarmiut).

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