Anthropology of Kinship and Family
University of Melbourne
Area of Study
Anthropology, Family Studies
Taught In English
PrerequisitesKnowledge gained in completing any one (12.5 points) of the following subjects:ANTH10001 Anthropology: Studying Human DiversityANTH20001 Keeping the Body in MindANTH20007 Working with ValueANTH20012 Engaging the World in Theory & PracticeANTH20006 Culture Change and Protest MovementsANTH20008 Anthropology of Gender and SexualityANTH20011 Ethnic Nationalism and the Modern WorldSOTH20002 Modernity: Foundations of SociologySOTH20003 Social Theory and Political AnalysisANTH20012 Engaging the World in Theory & Practice
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewKinship studies has a long, important and contentious history in Anthropology. Drawing on this historical legacy this subject applies both classic and contemporary anthropological theories of family, kinship and social relatedness to a range of ethnographic case studies. The subject addresses three inter-related themes. Firstly, there is an anthropological focus on the links that exist between kinship and the nation-state in terms of national identity, ethnicity, migration and state policy. Secondly, the subject considers yet complicates imaginings of blood ties and biogenetic substance by examining the influences of black magic, ghost marriages, Skype, spiritual conception, milk, guns, deities, surrogate mothers and medical practitioners in the shaping of kin ties today. Finally, there is a focus on continuity and social change and the ways in which the meaning of family, kinship and social relationships are transformed or otherwise by new reproductive and genetic technologies, polygamy, same-sex relationships, friendships and the influence of internet and mobile-phone based forms of communication.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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