W077
The theory and practice of European kinship

Convenors:
Gertraud Seiser (University of Vienna)
Patrick Heady (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Stream:
Worskhops
Location:
Queens Design
Start time:
19 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Interest in kinship remains vigorous, enlivened by recent critiques. We aim to investigate links between different aspects of kinship using data from contemporary Europe.

Long abstract:

The death of kinship has often been announced, but interest in the topic remains vigorous. The aim of this workshop is to examine the classical themes of kinship studies – descent and affinity, kinship terminologies, spiritual kinship, property and inheritance, production and reproduction, solidarity and social security – using data from contemporary Europe. Papers on any of these themes are welcomed, particularly papers that propose links between different themes. We would also welcome papers that transcend kinship by placing it in a wider frame of social relationships, and papers that criticise or support theories of regionally specific kinship cultures – whether the regional comparison is between Europe and other parts of the world, or between different regions within Europe.