|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Jul 2018|
Anthropological consideration of blood had until the 1990s mainly been focused on its deployment as an idiom of kinship, nationalism and race, and also descriptions of its use in ritual contexts. By the 2000s, anthropologists had become increasingly interested in social practices centering on blood outside of the body: blood donation and transfusion, blood tests, blood spilled as a form of political protest or for artistic purposes, etc.. But the earlier concerns were not dropped. Rather, it became important to view the ways in which literal excorporations of and practical procedures concerning blood and more metaphorical deployments of it inflected and influenced one other.