P140
Ethnographies of (dis)connection: marriage, families, households and homesteads in contemporary communities

Convenors:
Yoko Narisada (Okinawa University)
Location:
104
Start time:
17 May, 2014 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel examines how we dis/connect our relationships through daily practices, rites of passage and legal and economic systems. Contributors ethnographically discuss performative processes of dis/connection in terms of marriage, families, households and homesteads in contemporary communities.

Long abstract:

How do we connect and disconnect human relations through daily practices which consist of marriage, death, fostering, households, homesteads, citizenship and modernization in contemporary societies? Anthropological research has ethnographically shed light on the way in which people build up, have and lose their relationships not only based on biological connection but also based on socio-cultural, legal, political and socio-economic dis/connection. That is to say, it is crucial to see what kind of relations are produced, recognized and broken off and how these relations are contextualized and conceptualized in daily lives. To look at dis/connection as a process makes it possible to grasp various relations as performative and dynamic rather than as static and given. To do so, ethnographies of (dis)connection aim to explore diverse relationships in a wide range of social and cultural contexts.