Kinship and relatedness as vital lens

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Focusing on key themes, this chapter highlights how kinship and relatedness constitute a vital lens for understanding gender. First, the everyday is the principal ground for examining relatedness. It illumines how gender shapes our lives and is, in turn, formed, maintained, and altered over time. The borders between gender and other aspects of life can be porous. Second, the seemingly merely domestic or intimate can be generative – a theme that builds on earlier feminist insights. Kinship has wider consequences, including for politics or economics. Finally, kinship is imbued with the potential for hierarchy and inequality, ambivalence, ruptures, and failure. Its generativity includes its less amiable aspects. Gendered inequities and enmities arise from these aspects. Breaks in the fabric of kinship, however, imply the possibility of repair, which may depend on gendered forms of labor. Threading through these themes is care, a key aspect of everyday life and relatedness alike. Care encompasses whole economies and traverses national borders. Care speaks, too, to the vulnerability that is at the heart of what it means to be human. It mirrors, and at times heightens, the difficulties inherent in kinship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
EditorsCecilia McCallum, Silvia Posocco, Martin Fotta
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781108647410
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Handbooks in Anthropology
PublisherCambridge University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • kinship
  • relatedness
  • siblingship
  • care
  • social mobility
  • transnational labor migration
  • subjectivities
  • enmities
  • inequalities
  • norms


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