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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Anthropology
EditorsHilary Callan
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Electronic)9781118924396
ISBN (Print)9780470657225
Publication statusPublished - 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.

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